A Georgia woman is being hailed as a hero for getting her twins to safety after an ex-con invaded her home – and after shooting him five times in the face and neck.
Despite his wounds, the man later identified as Paul Ali Slater remained a threat and later ran from the house bleeding profusely before police arrived.
According to police, the 37-year-old mother heard someone incessantly knocking and ringing the doorbell of her Loganville home on Friday afternoon. Then the person began using a crowbar to pry open the door and gain access.
The mother, whose identity wasn't released, gathered her 9-year-old twins and retreated with them to an attic crawl space, along with her .38-caliber revolver. She then used her cell phone to call her husband at work. He phoned police.
After rummaging around downstairs, Slater started to make his way toward the mother and her two children hiding in the attic.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution
, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman relayed what the woman told authorities: "He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver."
The woman then fired six shots at Slater. Though five of the bullets hit him, Slater remained conscious, continued Chapman. The woman pointed the now-empty revolver at Slater, who was "face down (and) crying," warning him to allow her to leave with her children, or else she would continue to shoot him.
Slater bought the bluff and the woman was able to get from the house and run to a neighbor's home where she stayed until police arrived.
Slater meanwhile ran from the house and tried to flee in his truck. However, he crashed into some nearby trees and was found by police in a neighbor’s driveway.
"My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did was she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," said her husband, Donnie Herman, in an interview with Georgia's WSBTV.
Slater has a lengthy criminal record, having been arrested six times since 2008. He was released from jail in August 2012 after serving time for battery and violating probation, according to WSBTV.
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