Sarah McKinley, a young 18-year-old mom from Oklahoma shot an intruder while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.
She was home alone with her infant baby on New Year’s Eve when she realized there were guys at her door that were ‘up to no good.’
Two men started to knock on her door aggressively so McKinley put her three month old baby in the bedroom and grabbed her husband’s 12-gauge shot gun and her pistol. Her husband died a week prior to this incident, losing his battle to lung cancer on Christmas day.
She immediately called 911 and explained her situation. The dispatcher made sure she was safe and then McKinley asked, “I’ve got two guns in my hands. Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?”
Although the dispatcher was not allowed to directly give her authorization, she did say to do whatever she could to protect herself and her child. This was enough for McKinley to shoot the 24-year-old intruder, Justin Shane Martin, as soon as he came in through the door.
Martin entered the house after he kicked in the door. He was armed with a 12-inch knife and was immediately shot in the torso with the shotgun. Police have deemed the shooting as an act of self-defense and McKinley was not charged.
His accomplice Dustin Stewart fled the scene when he heard the gunshot but eventually turned himself in to authorities. He was charged with murder.
According to Detective Dan Huff, “You’re allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home.”
This story is proof, there’s definitely nothing more dangerous than a woman protecting her child.