Sarah Stewart, a reporter for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma, reported on an 18 year old Blanchard mother who “was forced to shoot and kill a man who was breaking into her home Saturday afternoon. Sarah Dawn McKinley was home alone with her three month old son at the time. ”
McKinley says she moved her couch in front of the door, grabbed her son and her shotgun, called 911 and went in a back room.
She says for an agonizing 21 minutes, she listened to the men try to break in.
“He was from door to door trying to bust in, just going from door to door,” said McKinley. “I waited till he got in the door. They said I couldn’t shoot him until he was inside the house. So I waited until he got in the door and then I shot him.”
McKinley says Justin Shane Martin was carrying a 12 inch hunting knife.
McKinley says she made the tough decision to shoot in order to protect her son. “There’s nothing more dangerous than a mother with her baby. But I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for him.”
McKinley had a tough end to 2011.
Her husband died of cancer on Christmas day.
She’s hoping the new year is holding brighter things for her and her son.
My 2 Cents: Ending someone’s life is never a trivial decision, and the emotional trauma for both the shooter and the family of this man who was shot will last a long time. However, I am glad she had her shotgun, and made the tough decision to use it. I applaud her courageous decision to protect herself and her son. We wish Sarah all the best, and will keep her in our thoughts.
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