A Portland woman came home in the middle of the night to face a home invader. Lucky for her and her two children, she was armed.
According to reports, a woman came home from work early Sunday morning in her southeast Portland neighborhood to find a 59-year-old stranger had broken into her home and was in her child’s bedroom.
This story from guns.com says the 33-year-old homeowner arrived just before 2 a.m. with her two children, 5 and 10. She then found the male suspect in a child’s bedroom. She was armed with a handgun and opened fire on the intruder before calling police, the story says.
When officers arrived on the scene, the intruder was dead and neither the mother nor the children had suffered any injuries. The intruder’s identity has yet to be released pending notification of his next of kin.
The story says the homeowner and the intruder didn’t know each other. Currently, the story says the homeowner isn’t facing charges and is fully cooperating with authorities.
Neighborhood residents in this story from katu.com say they were suprised something like this happened, but that they support their neighbor.
“For me to come home and see someone else with my kids, I probably would have gone crazy,” said Dominique Andrew, the mother of two boys who lives around the corner.
Another neighbor said she would do the “exact same thing” if she were in the woman’s position in an interview with KATU news.
In a somewhat high profile incident from last week, another Portland homeowner shot a man who was trying to break into his home through a window. The naked intruder turned out to be ex-NFL player Stanley Wilson, formerly of the Detroit Lions. Officers responding to the scene found Wilson naked, sitting in a fountain in the home’s backyard. His injuries were believed to be non-life threatening. He was charged with burglary, trespassing, and other related charges, the story says.