A Georgia woman made a frantic 911 call last week after a stranger crept into her home. Although she was frightened, she ended up scaring the alleged burglar more when she started firing shots at him.
9News reports that that the elderly homeowner, 79, called 911 on February 12 after she heard someone trying to break into her rural Jackson County home, off of the 5800 block of Highway 82. She told the dispatcher she was at her kitchen near her back door and had a gun with her. When the homeowner heard loud noises, she threatened the alleged burglar.
Homeowner: “I’m watching the door that they were trying to get in. Ooh, they’re breaking glass…OK, come on! I got something for you!” (gunshot heard)
911 Dispatcher: “Ma’am, listen to me…ma’am, what was that noise?”
The dispatcher tried to get the woman to calm down and not shoot but was interrupted by the sound of gunfire. The woman informed the dispatcher that the gunshot didn’t deter the reported burglar, who instead climbed to the top of the home from the back outside stairs and started making a ruckus.
“I’m just scared, Ma’am … Please hurry. Please hurry,” the woman pleaded. “Please, please dear God. Lord have mercy … please…”
Last Tuesday, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said that as the suspect made his way inside and down the stairs, the woman fired shots at him.
“As he started down the stairs, she fired toward the stairs and he went back up,” Mangum said, according to Athens Online. “I don’t know what would have happened if she didn’t fire the gun.”
The woman can be heard on the 911 call standing her ground and defiantly telling the intruder she would blow his brains out.
Homeowner: “I’m waiting on you, come on! When you come down those stairs I’m gonna blow your damn brains out!”
As the homeowner pressed the dispatcher to hurry and get officers there, the dispatcher told her to make sure she put her gun down before police arrived. The homeowner heard something upstairs and turned her attention to the burglar.
Homeowner: “Come on, punk! Come on down these stairs.”
911 Dispatcher: “Ma’am are you shooting at him again?”
Homeowner: “Yes ma’am!”
The burglar, apparently frightened at this point, hid in an upstairs closet. The homeowner kept him at bay until police arrived.
Authorities arrested 20-year-old Hans Rogers and later said he was not on his prescribed medications that day. Investigators later learned that the suspect was in his mother’s car when it broke down around half a mile a away from the home. He abandoned the car and made his way to the residence.
The suspect has been charged with burglary and home invasion.
On Tuesday, the homeowner’s daughter told 9News that her mother has always been a strong woman, which in turn, taught her to be strong.
“She didn’t allow herself to become a victim. My mother’s a very strong woman. I know where I get my strength from, now. As a matter of fact, I think she’s a little stronger.”
[Feature Photo: Hans Rogers/Police Handout]