In Washington state, a woman was home alone when she heard someone trying to break through her door after 2 a.m. on March 6. She warned the intruder that she was armed and would shoot him. The intruder ignore the warnings, according to this story from americanmilitarynews.com, and the woman fired her gun through the door.
The 28-year-old intruder (who has not been identified by police) suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and another to his hand, the story says, and never made it inside the home.
Police found the wounded suspect when they arrived and he was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital where he is listed in critical condition, according to the story.
“Definitely scary for this lady who’s home alone in the middle of the night and you’ve got somebody breaking into your home. I’m sure it was a scary time for her. And she did what she thought she had to do,” said Det. Lt. Early Smith of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office in the story.
The story says the decision on whether or not the woman will be charged will be left up to the county prosecutor’s office after a full investigation, but police say they don’t think she will face any charges.
Washington state is considered a so-called “Stand Your Ground” state. A statute (RCW 9A. 16. 110(1)) pertaining to self-defense reads: “No person in the state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting by any reasonable means necessary, himself or herself, his or her family, or his or her real or personal property, or for coming to the aid of another who is in imminent danger of or the victim of assault, robbery, kidnapping, arson, burglary, rape, murder, or any other violent crime as defined in RCW 9.94A.030.”