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And this is why having a gun in the home is a good thing .....**edited**UPDATED with news cast link****
by Anonymous
January 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM

****edited because info was wrong. Never was there an intent to cause drama or embelish the story. Either way i am glad her and the kids are ok, and she did the right thing****

Georgia Mom Shoots Home Invader, Hiding With Her Children

A mother of two has been hailed a hero by her husband after she shot an intruder in their Loganville, Ga., home last Friday afternoon.

"She protected the kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," said her husband, Donnie Herman, in an interview with ABC's Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.

According to Herman and the Walton County Sheriff's Office incident report, Melinda Herman was working at home when a man began to ring the doorbell. She called her husband at work, who told her to gather their 9-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, and go hide. All three of them went to an upstairs crawl space, and Melinda brought along a .38 caliber handgun to the hiding place.

Her husband, meanwhile, called the police. In the 911 recording, Herman can be heard saying, "She shot him. She's shooting him, she's shooting him. Shoot him again."

PHOTO: A mother of two has been hailed a hero by her husband after she shot an intruder in their Loganville, Ga., home last Friday afternoon.
ABC News

"I heard him pleading," her husband said to the 911 operator. "He was screaming."

The man allegedly broke into the house and rummaged around before making his way to the crawl space, where he found the mother and children hiding.

"The perpetrator opens that door, and of course at that time he's staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman to WSB-TV.

Melinda Herman shot the intruder five times, hitting him in the face and neck. Chapman said she told the man if he moved she would shoot him again, although she had run out of bullets.

"The guy is [heard] telling her to quit shooting," said Chapman.

The intruder, who police identified as 32-year-old Paul Slater, managed to get to his car and as he tried to flee, crashed into a tree. Deputies later found him in a neighbor's yard.

Melinda Herman and her children, in the meantime, had sought refuge in a neighbor's home.

"Her life is saved and our kids lives are saved. And that's all I can say," said Donnie Herman.

Slater is currently in the Gwinnett Medical Center, receiving treatment for his injuries, which deputies described as serious. A family member told WSB-TV that Slater was on a ventilator and had endured puncture wounds to his lungs, liver and stomach.

*EDITED**** Video link to a news cast. It says the man had a crow bar It also says the man went through 2 locked doors. So if MY info was wrong, its because THEY said it wrong. But more info on the man.


  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    January 9, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I could not have a gun in my home.  I live with someone with severe mental illness. It would be irresponsible of me to have a gun, as he has been suicidal.  Not everyone can have a gun

  • yo_ho
    by yo_ho
    January 9, 2013 at 7:52 AM
    Good for her!
  • Anonymous 3
    by Anonymous 3
    January 9, 2013 at 7:53 AM
    I heard about this, good for her!
  • Anonymous 4
    by Anonymous 4
    January 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I applaud her and hope she and her family will recover from the trauma of this ordeal. As far as the intruder I do not give a shit if he lives or dies. He got what he deserves.

  • egyptian_mommy
    January 9, 2013 at 7:56 AM
    Go Mom.
  • Anonymous 5
    by Anonymous 5
    January 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM
    And I could post a million stories about someone innocent being hurt by a gun in the home. Luckily things were ok this time.
  • Anonymous 6
    by Anonymous 6
    January 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM
    A rifle a shot gun and a .38 revolver in my home make me feel safe. :)
  • Anonymous 7
    by Anonymous 7
    January 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM
    If she shot him in the face and neck why does he have puncture wounds in the lungs, liver, and stomach?
  • kjbennett26
    January 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM
    Go mom!!! I own a gun as well
  • LilyofPhilly
    January 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM
    Who wants to ban all guns? Most gun control advocates want to see assault weapons banned and want assurance that guns are only in the hands of those with sound minds and clear records, and of people who are responsible.
    Seems this homemaker managed just fine with her little handgun.

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