A 70-year-old Grandmother shot and wounded a home intruder attempting to break into her Philadelphia residence.
At around 4:30 a.m. 70-year-old Maxine Thompson woke to banging noises outside her home.
According to a FOX29 report, Police said a 43-year-old home intruder was attempting to break into Maxine’s house at the time.
“First I thought I was dreaming, and then I looked out the window, outside. I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door,’” Thompson recalled.
Maxine said she attempted to warn the man, but he didn’t stop and continued to smash her dining room window and then entered her home.
Thompson then grabbed her late mother’s handgun and shot the burglar
According to Maxine Thompson, this was the first time she had used the gun.
“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” Thompson recalled. “Kill him before he kills me. That’s what was going through my mind.”
The 40-year-old suspect was struck while Thompson fired at him several times. He then ran to a nearby car wash and called the police to report he had been shot, He was arrested, taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to his upper arm.
Maxine Thompson’s son is a Philadelphia police officer and said the whole incident played out within 10 minutes. Thompson recalled how the suspect could have killed her if she didn’t fire the weapon.
“After everything was over, then I did get a little shaky. He could’ve killed me,” the grandmother said.
The 70-year-old Grandmother had a warning for future wannabe home intruders:
“Stay the hell out of people’s houses,” Thompson said.
As for her broken window, she replied: “I have people that will come and fix this. It’ll be fixed in no time.”