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Shotgun-Toting Grandma Holds Prowler Til Cops Arrive

Spanaway, WA – A 78-year-old grandmother held an intruder at gunpoint with her shotgun after the man broke into her home in the middle of the night on Sunday.

She told KIRO she woke up when her dog “BooBoo” starting barking like crazy in the wee hours of Sept. 20 and she immediately knew something was wrong.

So, she got out of bed and went through her laundry room to the back door to see what was going on.

She told KIRO that when she opened her door, she saw the man standing just a few feet away from her.

“We looked at each other for a few seconds, and he turned and started to leave,” the grandmother explained. “And I said, ‘Oh no, you don’t. You stay right there!’”

She told KIRO there had been a spate of car break-ins in her neighborhood, so she wasn’t going to let the suspect get away.

“I reached over and got my shotgun,” the 78-year-old grandmother explained. “And I cocked it, and I told him to stay right there.”

“Told him to go sit on the steps. I followed him out, and I just stood here with the shotgun waiting for the police to come,” she demonstrated for KIRO.

She said that it was the first time she had needed to use the shotgun that she bought years ago to protect her family as a single mother.

The elderly woman admitted she was “scared to death” while she held the intruder at gunpoint, according to KIRO.

“But then I was totally calm, really and truly,” she said. “I thought, ‘This is amazing!’ I said, ‘You know, I’ve got grandchildren your age!’”

“After he was so meek and mild and sat down like I told him to do? It was empowering. I felt like at least I was in charge. I wasn’t afraid,” the gun-toting grandma told KIRO.

The grandmother asked the intruder why he had tried to break into her residence and got an alarming response.

“He said, ‘Well you know, I was really hoping to get laid.’ That perked my ears up. That made me think, ‘Oh my God,'” she told KIRO.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said the intruder told deputies he was looking for his wife and that God had sent him to that address.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene but later released because the grandmother refused to press charges against him, WHDH reported.

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Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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