When two men tried to break into her home, Sarah McKinley called 911 and asked if she could shoot them to protect her baby. How the 911 dispatcher responded.....
When two men tried to break into her home, Sarah McKinley called 911 and asked if she could shoot them to protect her baby.
How the 911 dispatcher responded.....
A teenaged mother shot and killed an intruder after a 911 operator said she was allowed to defend her infant son and herself with force.
Sarah McKinley, 18, killed Justin Martin with a single gunshot wound on New Year's Eve when he forced his way into her Blanchard, Okla. home and came at her with a long hunting knife, ABC News reports.
The deadly encounter occurred about a week after the young mom's husband died of cancer, according to TV station KOCO. Martin darkened McKinley's door on the day of her husband's funeral. several days before the shooting He claimed he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello, but she didn't open the door.
Martin returned with an accomplice on Dec. 31 and tried to force their way into the modest house. When McKinley heard the men trying to break in, she called 911.
She also holed up in her bedroom with a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol while she put a bottle in her three-month-old son's mouth.
The emergency dispatcher, who stayed on the line with McKinley for 21 minutes, told her she couldn't shoot until the men entered her house.
Eventually, Martin kicked in the door and charged at her with a knife, but she shot before he could
At one point, McKinley asked the operator if it was OK to fire her weapon at the intruder.
I can't tell you to do that," the operator said, "but you do what you have to do to protect your baby."
Police found Martin slumped over a couch McKinley used to barricade the door and pronounced him dead on the scene, TV station News 9 reports. They said McKinley's use of forced was justified.
Martin's alleged accomplice, Dustin Stewart fled when he heard the gunshot and later surrendered to police, according to The Oklahoman. Stewart was charged with burglary.