An unwelcome intruder crawling through a window qualifies as the worst kind of nightmare for most women, especially those who live alone. One woman in Birmingham, Alabama, however, had the perfect equalizer to deal with big, strong home invaders with evil in their hearts. She used it to great effect early Tuesday morning.
Her shots found their mark and cause the 29-year-old intruder to flee hastily.
The aspiring home invader managed to stumble about a block down the street where he collapsed at a gas station. Police arrived and provided some first aid until paramedics arrived. In the end, the criminal died soon after at a local hospital.
AL.com has the story . . .
A 29-year-old man was killed when police say he was shot while trying to break into a west Birmingham home.
The burglary call went out at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at a house on Avenue O.
The homeowner told police the intruder was trying to crawl through the window of her house. She grabbed her gun and fired a couple of shots, striking the burglary suspect once in the chest.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the homeowner knew the man.
Authorities said the wounded man then ran a block to the Chevron on Bessemer Road where he collapsed at the front door of the store. A store worker called Birmingham 911 at 12:46 p.m.
West Precinct officers arrived at the store and provided aid to the man until paramedics arrived. He was then transported to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:11 a.m.
The would-be home invader was identified as Jamel Nathan Thomas, 29, of Birmingham. He won’t be victimizing anyone any more and becomes one of the 1.6 million defensive gun uses that occur annually in the United states.
Authorities have identified a man fatally shot when authorities say he was trying to break into a west Birmingham house as Jamel Nathan Thomas. He was 29 and lived in Birmingham. https://t.co/MBVZ4UAxFO
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We’re glad the homeowner is safe and wish her the best dealing with the aftermath of a deadly attack. She earns our Defensive Gun Use of the Day award.