Seventy-Year-Old Grandma Lights Up Alleged Home Intruder, Leaves Him Hospitalized

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

A 70-year-old grandmother shot an alleged home intruder in Philadelphia, Pa., early Saturday morning, leaving him hospitalized.

Maxine Thompson woke around 4:30 a.m. after she heard a loud banging noise, she said. She looked out her window and saw a man pounding on her door, trying to break in — she told him to stop. He then smashed a window and entered her house. Thompson grabbed her handgun, which she said was from her mother, and fired shots at the suspect, according to Fox News.

“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 said in an interview with  FOX29.

“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 continued. “‘Kill him before he kills me.’ That’s what was going through my mind.”

The suspect, a 45-year-old male, ran to a carwash and called the police, saying he had been shot. He was arrested and taken to the hospital for a gunshot wound to his arm.

Thompson was worried the suspect could’ve killed her, she said and warned others to not break into people’s houses.

“After everything was over, then I did get a little shaky. He could’ve killed me,” Thompson said. “Stay the hell out of people’s houses.”

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