"The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he's staring
at her, her two children and a .38 revolver," Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.
The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.
"She's standing over him, and she realizes she's fired all six rounds. And the guy's telling her to quit shooting," Chapman said.
I know what she was thinking - in all the excitment, had she fired six shots or only five? I guess the punk was feeling lucky.
The woman ran to a neighbor's home with her children. The intruder attempted to flee in his car but crashed into a wooded area and collapsed in a nearby driveway, Chapman said.
The guy was shot five times and had enough gas to get up and get in his car? Where did she hit him?
Deputies arrested 32-year-old Atlanta resident Paul Slater in connection with the crime. Chapman said they found him on the ground saying, "Help me. I'm close to dying." Slater was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment. Chapman said Slater was shot in the face and neck.
Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri learned from Chapman late Friday night that slater has been placed on a ventilator and suffers from punctured lungs, a punctured liver and a punctured stomach.
He said if Slater survives the night, doctors will try to operate in the morning to repair the damage.
Chapman said Slater has four exit wounds.
Lungs, liver, stomach? Seems like center-mass shooting to me. Well, she may have wounded him mortally and she did manage to run off with her kids, but the fight-stopping ability of five slugs from a .38 isn't what some of us might have expected. That said, exit wounds suggest she wasn't using classic home-defense expanding rounds.
Still, she had a plausible defensive plan (hide!), a weapon and the composure to use it, she hit with most of her shots, and she and her kids are safe and the bad guy is down. Maybe the win could have been prettier, but it sure beats losing.