A Tennessee mother who lives alone with her young son was awakened on a recent night by the sounds of her home being broken into, but her quick-thinking response to the horrifying and potentially tragic situation was enough to make most people let out a proud cheer.
“Protect my son,” was the only thing that Elsie Lee could think of when she awoke to hear a man in her kitchen and several others outside of her home, according to WBBJ.
“We were asleep, and I thought I had heard something but I wasn’t for sure,” Lee recalled. “I thought I was just dreaming something, and then I heard a big bang again.”
“I got up and came running through the hallway and my gun was sitting on the dog cage, and the guy was standing in the kitchen,” she said. “He had just busted my door open.”
Lee had grabbed a shotgun off of the dog cage and her .45 caliber handgun from a nightstand before approaching the intruders.
“I put the gun in his face and asked him if there was something I could do for him, and he was gone just that quick,” Lee said. “I chased him out the back door trying to look at the tag number on the car, something I could describe other than just him.”
“I almost killed him,” Lee said of the encounter. “One of them could have been dead. Had he not ran, he would have been dead.”
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies quickly arrived and apprehended five suspected burglars within an hour, placing four adults and one juvenile in custody pending charges of aggravated burglary.
The adult suspects were identified as 20-year-old Quentin Childress, 18-year-old Jaylon Chiles, 21-year-old Amar Johnson and 19-year-old Kendrick McMullin. The juvenile has not been identified.
“I say they were ‘Johnny on the spot,’” Lee said of the rapid police response. “They were here within three minutes. I congratulate our sheriff’s department for what they did, and it couldn’t have been done any faster or better.”
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This is why we support and defend the Second Amendment, as it is the last line — and sometimes the only line — of defense for a citizen faced with tyranny, whether it be from an authoritarian government or a gang of criminals intent on doing their worst.