The mother of two’s terrifying day began when she heard two knocks at the door. Assuming it was someone soliciting she told her children not to answer the door.
The man continued harassing the family by repeatedly ringing the doorbell prompting the woman to call her husband at work. He immediately advised his wife to hide. “Get the kids and hide.”
The husband then called 911 to report the disturbance while the mother kids her kids in the crawlspace off her office. According to authorities, the man then forced himself into the home using a crowbar.
The burglar, Paul Ali Slater finally made his way upstairs to the woman’s office in the attic. Opening the closet door in the office, Slater came face to face with the woman armed with a .38 revolver.
The woman then fired six shots five of which hit Slater in the face and neck. County Sheriff Joe Chapman confirmed the shooting and stated that Slater was still conscious after being shot.
Chapman went on to say that “The guy’s face down, crying. The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.”
Slater followed her instructions until he heard her leave the home with her children. While they ran for the neighbor’s house, Slater fled the home, made it into his car and attempted to get away.
Slater didn’t get very far and police officers who arrived on scene found him bleeding in a neighbor’s driveway. Chapman stated, When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented.”
Slater was transported by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center and is expected to survive, Chapman stated.
The woman’s husband, Donnie Herman spoke with Channel 2 Action News. “My wife’s a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do.”
Sheriff Chapman was impressed with the woman’s ability to protect her family. “That mother’s instinct kicked in. You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”
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