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81 year-old granny shoots intruder

by Angeline Booher / October 16, 2007 6:45 AM PDT
Ethel Sanders says she was awakened by noise coming from her laundry room yesterday morning so she grabbed her -point-38 caliber pistol and went to check it out.

Police say she saw 25-year-old James Penn standing in his underwear while his clothes were washing.

She fired
Her gun is being held for evidence.

In the meantime, there's a hatchet sitting next to her bed.

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You wonder about this whole picture
by Diana Forum moderator / October 16, 2007 10:13 AM PDT

Was her door unlocked or did he break in? If he just wanted to do laundry, couldn't the Salvation Army or some such provide that? Not sure I would have immediately shot him as long as he didn't try to come at me. Might have talked to him first. Don't know - hope I never have to find out.


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if i find a stranger in my home
by jimandjerry / October 16, 2007 1:28 PM PDT

ill let my 44 mag talk to him/her

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"Not sure I would have immediately shot him"
by MarkatNite / October 16, 2007 4:26 PM PDT

While I might presently agree, I'm not presently an 81-year-old female (with two bad knees, according to the article). Heck, even if I have two good knees forty years from now, I still might not issue any verbal commands prior to firing on an intruder who's in his twenties.

Action often beats reaction, especially when one's reactions are slowed by age.

In any case, I would strongly recommend against engaging in conversation with an intruder. Order him into the felony prone position and call the cops. Remember, age isn't the only thing that can slow your reactions. We've all at least heard how engaging in a conversation (on a cell phone) can affect your reactions while driving, right? Don't let the intruder distract you by talking (or doing anything else, for matter). Maybe he's got a buddy sneaking up behind you.

Order him to prone out and shut up - Mark

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I agree with Mark.
by Paul C / October 16, 2007 8:54 PM PDT

Rule 1 when dealing with an intruder in your house: NEVER try to converse with him; it's usually useless, and could distract your attention from what is a very real threat to your safety.

That said, I would have introduced him to my friend Mr. Remington and his 12 gauge posse and then have him get horizontal and REAL silent while I call the cops.

Granny's actions were justifiable - but only barely.

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