Woman Hiding with Kids Shoots Intruder

WSBTV (Loganville, GA), January 4, 2013

A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.

The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.

But the man eventually found the family.

“The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.


The woman ran to a neighbor’s home with her children. The intruder attempted to flee in his car but crashed into a wooded area and collapsed in a nearby driveway, Chapman said.

Deputies arrested 32-year-old Atlanta resident Paul Slater in connection with the crime. Chapman said they found him on the ground saying, “Help me. I’m close to dying.” Slater was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.  Chapman said Slater was shot in the face and neck.

In February, Slater was arrested on simple battery charges, according to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. He has been arrested six other times in the county since 2008.

Kavanaugh was the first reporter at the scene as deputies investigated. The victim’s husband told Kavanaugh he’s proud of his wife. {snip}

“My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as responsible, prepared gun owner,” Donnie Herman said.


“Her life is saved, and her kids’ life is saved, and that’s all I’d like to say,” Herman said.

Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri learned from Chapman late Friday night that slater has been placed on a ventilator and suffers from punctured lungs, a punctured liver and a punctured stomach.



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  • Michael_C_Scott

    Slater didn’t want valuable property in the house, because he could have taken jewelry and consumer electronics while the family was hiding, and then left without trouble. He wanted people.

    • The__Bobster

      When committing one crime, moolies always look for additional opportunities to commit mayhem. Thus, they’ll stomp or shoot a White guy who willingly gave up his wallet, or rape women after burglarizing their houses.

    • pcmustgo

      yeah, why would he look in the crawl space/go to the attic?

      • Morris Thecat

        Because he could hear that people were in the house when he was ringing the bell and banging on the door. He heard the kids tell their mother, he heard her yell to them to not open the door. He was frantic to get his hands on them and harm them.

        • He had probably just got out of a showing of Django Unchained.

          • Morris Thecat

            QT is a piece of garbage.

        • rebelcelt

          Morris, i think youare right. He probably saw a car in the drive also. I bet he saw this woman a while back and stalked her.His lust got the best of him and he went for it and lost.

          • Morris Thecat

            I will hold off on that idea until I see a picture of her.I believe his motive was more a desire to commit violence against whites.

  • dd121

    Guess that ends the debate with the left: guns are okay for self defense. No? Think they’re trying to formulate charges against a hysterical white woman for violating the civil rights of a noble black man?

  • Dr. X

    It will only be a matter of time before the Obama Administration outlaws self-defense and sends Justice Department goons to investigate the shooting of a black home invader as a “hate crime.” Guns must be banned for self-defense, because it will be determeined that they have a “disproportionale impact” on “minority youth.” That’s exactly what the entire Trayvon Martin fiasco was about, and that’s why they got a “special prosecutor” to indict Zimmerman even after the cops determined that it was a self-defense shooting. If you think this sounds farfetched, this is exactly what happens now in the U.K. — cops investigate “hate crimes” instead of prosecuting violent criminals, and if any homeowner uses a firearm to defend himself from a home invader he is guaranteed to get more prison time than the burglar. Wake up, people! You’re losing your country!

    • Morris Thecat

      Let him try to.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Seconded. Vote?

        • Morris Thecat

          If the question is did I vote, yes, I did. Did I vote for Romeny? Yes, I did. Was I happy with the candidate? No, but it was better than the alternative? The day after the election I sat on the top of a 60 ft cliff and drank a whole bottle of bourbon. But I decided that I would not go out so easily.

    • Integration Anxiety

      Believe me, I think I speak for many AmReners when i state that I’ll take my chances in prison over being killed by a violent home invader. While there are white burglars and rapists, I don’t think there has ever been a story where a white suspect singles out a black family for anything.

      In fact I would be willing to bet that many White-on-White crimes are committed through domestic violence or some sort of close friend relationship. Usually when blacks attack Whites, they almost never know the victim. In other words, in their minds (small as they are) any White victim will do, especially attractive female. And many are sexual deviants, so they almost always rape/sexually assault.

      For the most part Whites avoid ghettoes and don’t want to be around it. Unless it’s all they know. If they were one of the unlucky ones who were raised in that setting because of poverty there is no middle ground. You either embrace black psychopathy or you shun it. For some of the spineless it’s a hard choice to make.

  • Puggg

    Read somewhere that the black was deliberately looking for white people to victimize.

    Also, never get between a mother and her children.

  • Tim

    In Concealed Carry class a girl asked, “How do we know when to shoot to kill?!?” And the teacher said, “We don`t shoot to kill. We shoot to live…”

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Always shoot for center-of-mass. This often means killing. The idea of shooting someone’s weapon out of their hand should be reserved for wildly unrealistic black-and-white western movies.

      • Morris Thecat

        Mythbusters did an episode on that. They proved that people don’t shoot guns out of other peoples hands.

        • Joseph

          Actually, Mythbusters notwithstanding, people are rather frequently shot in the hand according to Ayoob. He speculates that it is because the defender (or assailant) shoots AT the threat which is seen as the gun.

          There is also a Youtube video of a kook in a lawnchair standing off police who has a handgun shot out of his hand. So- unlikely, but it DOES happen.

          • Anonymous

            When you’re shooting a gun, the bullets tend to go where you are looking. And in a shootout scenario, people often can’t take their eyes off the opponent’s gun.

          • Canis Lupus

            I saw that too. The shot was fired from a scoped rifle by a trained officer. This is not practical in a spur of the moment self defense incident. That sniper had time to aquire the target and wait for the perfect time to shoot because the man with the pistol was threatning to kill himself.

    • stewardofthemystery

      “Dont fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” is what I thought the instructor would have said.

      • Tim

        Another thing that won my respect. We took the class days after a man in Houston shot and killed a burglar coming out of his neighbors home. Remember that ? He told us, “I`m NOT gonna kill a man over MY TV. I`m damn sure not gonna kill one over my neighbor`s TV…”

        • blight14

          You mean the patriot Joe Horn? Good man…..Did you see the ‘New’ Black Panthers or some loon group tried to protest in their neighborhood and it didn’t quite work out for them…..the neighbors (plus a bunch of bikers) ran them out of the area…..

          • Tim

            Yeah that was the guy…His whole point was that we don`t shoot to kill, we shoot to keep from being killed!! Which is pretty much the template of the lady`s story…

          • blight14

            Tim, did you see the NBPP/’Quannell X’ folks try to hole their ‘vigil’, etc, in Mr Horns neighborhood?????? Priceless, its on youtube or it used to be…..its worth a watch if you haven’t seen it…..B

      • Non Humans

        More often they’re yellow from the residual effects of certain substance abuses.

  • anarchyst

    If I were the ambulance driver , I would have taken my time getting to the hospital.

    • Pelayo

      Sorry anarchyst. I didn’t read all the way down but it proves that great minds think alike.

    • Luca

      I would have stopped for coffee and a haircut then changed the oil and rotated the tires.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        You forgot the shower, changing into good clothes, and a nice dinner with a significant other, followed by a movie.

    • rebelcelt

      I punture my tire and have a flat , maybe get a 20 minute delay.

    • Non Humans

      Or if the medic in the back, I would have determined that he needed a “Cardioversion” (Defibrillator Shock at full power).

  • Keep Honkin I’m Reloading

    Do a quick search on this scumbag, I found 6 separate mug shots without looking very deep.

    My only regret is, she wasn’t armed with a .45, 230 grain jhp to that face would have saved a lot of tax payer funded surgeries.

    • Yep that was my first thought that she should have used better ammo.

    • Sloppo

      I hope he gets affirmative-action doctors.

  • ye ol’ swampyankee

    Blacks wandering the countryside is unfortunately common down there. This accounts for the higher crime statistics, especially in the category of property crime. If this was Vt. NH or ME for example, there would be no black threat, except maybe for the black bear raiding your bird feeder or eating the cat food out on the porch.

    According to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the black bear population there is in excess of 20,000. This is more than double the number of human blacks in the entire state even if you throw in the invading Somalis!

    Impressive I think

    • kjh64

      “If this was Vt. NH or ME for example, there would be no black threat, except maybe for the black bear raiding your bird”
      I’d rather have a black bear coming around than a Black male. It would be far safer.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        And more civilized.

      • Luis


        Black bears tend to avoid humans, whereas Bantu males (Homo sapiens africanus) seek them out.
        I’d rather deal with a Cape buffalo or Cape hunting dog, than a Cape Bantu, ANY day of the week!

    • Jackryanvb

      Maine and New Hampshire need to experience a couple hundred thousand underclass Blacks. Look at the Presidential election, they voted Obama and put in idiot women lib congressmen, Senators.

      • ye ol’ swampyankee

        Frustrating as their social liberalism is, northern New England represents the last cluster of states, the last sub-region historically and overwhelmingly white in the lower 48..

        They are mostly the way they are because they” don’t” have much contact with blacks and are essentially victims of their own nativity.

        I certainly wouldn’t want to be the one to inject this poison into their veins. A completely lose- lose situation which would prove nothing.

    • But no coverage in the local media?

  • CharlesFinley

    Despite this being an incredibly traumatic experience for this family, I am just absolutely
    THRILLED with the outcome. More men need to arm and train their wives this way.

    • Sloppo

      I think the outcome couldn’t have been better, except if the perforated perpetrator had died without costing the taxpayers any more. The family is safe and the kids learned more about the meaning of diversity.

      • CharlesFinley

        Quite right, quite right.
        And the groid crys out, “Help me, I’m dying”, or some such $hit.
        Someone should have snuck their foot on his throat.

    • Non Humans

      And teach them to shoot for center-mass. Especially with a snub-nose, and especially when at non-humans because their skulls are much thicker, particularly in the frontal region. (CAT Scan tech, I’ve imaged alot of the numbskulls)

  • bigone4u

    Think about how much money folks have to spend to protect themselves and their property. Guns, ammo, training, alarms, burglar bars, gated subdivisions. Enormous burden on the average family.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    With both of the perp’s lungs holed, his stomach and liver as well, and wounds to his face and neck, I’d say the woman’s shooting was quite good, and she needs either better ammunition or she should try the next caliber larger in handguns. Or both.

    She saved herself and her kids. Good for her!

    • Morris Thecat

      Let’s pray that he has complications and dies

      • Michael_C_Scott

        We can only imagine what the inside of his car looked like by the time he had crashed it.

      • Pelayo

        The EMT should have ridden around for 45 minutes or so until the perp saved the State all that money for a trial and warehousing. He’ll get off easy and since he now knows where the victims live, he’ll come back to settle the score. Always carry extra ammo in moon clips if you’re using a six gun.

        • Morris Thecat

          yeah, like the black EMTs in NYC that were on their lunch break and refused to help out an asthmatic just outside the restaurant where they were eating. No worries though, the asthmatic that died was black too.

  • Morris Thecat

    MIchael Moore would have had this woman and her children become statistics.

  • Proud To Be White

    Shot five times in the face, and still managed to stagger to his car and start to drive away? Man, I gotta say, that is one hard-headed…let’s say, “perp”.

    • CharlesFinley

      N igerian?
      I vory Coast(er)?
      G hanan?
      G ambian?
      E thiopian?
      R wandan?

    • Non Humans

      I can attest to non-human skulls being thick, particularly in the frontal region. (CAT Scan Tech)

  • Luca

    This woman is a hero for saving herself and her children. God knows what the beast would have done to her in front of her own kids … and then to them.

    Sounds like she had a .22 revolver. If it were my wife I would have told her that since a .22 is sometimes less than lethal, next time save that sixth round for the coup de grace. Why let the poor guy suffer all the way to the hospital?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I would rather be missed with a .45″ than receive “walking fuselage hits” with a .22″. The shots to the liver, stomach, both lungs, neck and face sounds like she aimed at his beltline, started firing, and let the recoil work the impacts upward while she continued shooting.

    • Joseph

      Article stipulates that is was .38 Maybe it was LRN or something like that.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Yeah; lead roundnose is good at penetration, but notso hotso at doing crazy tissue damage.

        • Luis

          That is why you need JHP bullets, or “frangible” bullets, that expand on impact. They have great stopping power.

  • guest

    Yes, that woman is a hero for defending her family. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be long until all of these gun control freaks come after her and demand that she be prosecuted for shooting an intruder who intended to harm her and her family. There seems to be more gun control activism than ever now, and self-defense may soon be considered a crime. All these gun control laws do is disarm innocent people while somehow the criminals still have access to firearms.

    • Non Humans

      I can see it now, the “Hoodie” was the sign for Trayvon, what will they assign and parade around for this non-human? Crowbars?
      “Wez dezerbs to be abelz to bwake into yous howses. Selp depenz bez rayciss!!”

      • Howard W. Campbell

        I guess that the perp didn’t think to post pictures of himself when he was 12. (Which was pretty much all we saw of St. Trayvon). The local news media was able to find his mug shot and a long criminal record in very short order. I wonder if the government would have gone after the dad if he did the exact same thing, (Don’t want to offend women voters (for now)).

  • What I do not understand is why when he opened the door and saw the woman with the 38 pointed at him, did he not freeze right there? He must have been high on something.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      A more entertaining mystery is how the scrote will attempt to explain to investigators his reasons for being in that house.

      I’m betting on “I be buyin de IPads dere wif my EBT card”. Why not? We’ve already heard that one.

  • TXPeggySue

    This is a good example of why we need gun control. That innocent man was just trying to redistribute wealth.

  • KittyAmerica

    It’s great she got him, but darnit, we didn’t have to live like this!

  • Anon

    I hope this woman learned a valuable lesson. A .38 isn’t sufficient in dealing with those that threaten you. Had she used a .357 revolver with hollow point bullets, likely one shot would have put him down.

    Also, had she had the foresight to arm herself with something more reasonable for home defense, say an AR-15 rifle, he’d be dead on the spot. Instead, he will survive, get a slap on the wrist and immediately sue her and her family. Possibly, he will retaliate in some way either after he gets out of prison (IF he goes to prison, that is) or through a gang.

    She absolutely should have killed him when she had the chance. That chance has passed.

    • Pelayo

      .38 HP Federal Home defense ammo would have taken care of the brutha. I actually AM concerned about their safety since if he lives, he’ll be charged only with burglary or perhaps just attempted burglary and get a sympathy sentence from his no doubt all Black jury. She really should have finished him off. I don’t think that the woman will be Zimmermanized due to the fact that he entered her home.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      A .357″ Mag with a hollowpoint through the liver would certainly have been fatal. The liver is an incompressible organ, just like the brain (the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination demonstrates this rather well in the latter case). The hydraulic shock of a high-velocity round tends to tear these organs apart.

      If this had happened in Colorado, actual entry would have made it burglary and not “attempted” anything, and burglary of an occupied residence carries a major sentence. I doubt that Georgia is much more lenient.

    • Tim

      I think a rifle might be problematic in a crawl space with two other children in there. I also believe that she did everything she could TO kill the guy. Hitting some one in the face 5 times with a .38…. Who woulda thought he could crawl away and get help…

  • PesachPatriot

    This woman practiced the right kind of gun control…a steady trigger finger. I hope she doesn’t get zimmermaned and have an angry mob of bantus show up at her house with jesse and al screeching no justice no peace.

    • Pelayo

      Well in that case all she and her husband have to do is to open up on the Bantu just like the Brits did at Rourkes Drift.

  • Zapp Branigan

    Something’s wrong with the report, the perp is in the hospital with punctured lungs, liver, and stomach……how does that square with being shot only in the face and neck?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      He either wasn’t only shot in the face and neck, or else that was one heck of a car accident.

  • Eurobeing

    Wow I have a 5 round 38 at my tableside by where I sit and watch tv. Makes me think that this may not be enough. I need some hollow point rounds or another gun. Also I am not that proficient with that thing.
    Hmm …better reinvest in some ammo with a hollow point. Better get some practice

    • Luca

      A wise man once told me the best home defense is a shotgun, preferably a 20-ga and sawed off. If you live in a high-density area you don’t want stray .357 bullets going through walls and into your neighbors windows. Also .22’s and .38’s work well if you can control the pattern while under the excitement of the moment.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        The legal problems associated with short shotguns make them not worth the bother. Firstly, any shotgun with a barrel under 18″ or an overall length under 16″ is a restricted weapon under the 1932 National Firearms Act. If you haven’t registered it with the BATF as a short shotgun, possession is a felony. Secondly, if the perp’s next of kin decides to sue you, your having produced or simply used an “exceptionally lethal” weapon may be the opening a lawyer would need. These critters don’t really want YOUR money, per se; they would expect the judgement to be paid by your homeowner’s insurance. The snag is that an insurance company will not pay on a deliberate tort, which probably puts your bank account and home equity right back on the hook. A lawsuit like this is especially likely if your deceased attacker was a minor. They can and do commit these crimes; the Bantu who repeatedly raped actress Kelly McGillis in her own apartment in 1982 was 15 at the time. In order to provide hostile lawyers with as little traction as possible in such circumstances, I would also avoid using handloads for self defense; stick to commercial hollowpoints or Glaser Safety Slugs; these latter were expressly designed not to overpenetrate tissue or residential walls.

        • Luca

          Point taken. Short barrel as opposed to sawed and 00 buck for sure. 20, 16 or 12 ga. depending on how close your neighbors are.

      • Some Guy

        I have a Winchester Defender Shotgun, a great buy for about $300. A similar shotgun like a Mossberg 500 series or Remington 870 will work just fine. All are under $500. With 00 Buckshot It will work just fine. Yes, 18″ is the shortest barrel aloud by law.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    How unfortunate she didn’t kill the bastard, the world would be better off. Now, we’ll have to pay for his medical care and 6 month jail sentence that some lefty judge will mete out.

    Hey mom!! You passed.

    You’re ready to move up to a larger calibre.


    • Tim

      I was in Argentina, lost and desperate to get back to the hotel. All would be well if I was to climb a fence around a military base and take a shortcut. But then I saw the sign on the fence. It showed a soldier with his rifle up to firing position like your sign and also showed a dead guy slumped across the top of the fence. I took the three hour long way home.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    This family is less than five miles from me. Their identity is being kept very quiet in the media for now, but obviously, the locals have been able to be in the know. The entire community is so proud of her and her family and thrilled beyond belief at the outcome and only wish the intruder had been shot dead immediately. They will vigorously fight any problems that might arise, such as the pseudo mama suing for civil rights for her ‘baby’,

    • The groid’s fambly CAN’T sue. Under Georgia law, one has civil immunity in a case of self defense.

      • Morris Thecat


      • Michael_C_Scott

        That’s good to read. I’ve heard of some states closing this loophole so ambulance-chasers and violent career criminals can’t get rich off the intended victims, but since I’ve been out of shooting for over 12 years now, I’m not certain which states these are.

  • William Allingham

    and im proud of her too

  • Morris Thecat

    If she had not had the gun, she and her children most likely would have been killed. Then the killer would be put on death row. Then a whole host of Hollywood Celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn would be agitating for him to be released and claiming the verdict was due to racism, that it was most likely the father that rushed home in the middle of the day and killed them, because we all know that white men are violent evil people that kill for no reason at all.

  • Sam

    “punctured lungs, a punctured liver and a punctured stomach”

    Good job, too bad he didn’t also have a punctured heart or brain. That would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money. His hospital time is going to be long and unpleasant.

    The medical costs to fix all that will be paid by us taxpayers and will probably be about a million dollars, in addition to all the court costs and prison costs.

  • kill the sombeeches

    Hero? She should get a medal of honor and start a business training other female homeowners on how to stop criminals cold. The woman is an iconic figure. Too bad she didnt have a AG assault weapon and could have pumped 30 quick rounds killing him instantly. Hard to believe all six 38 slugs in his head area didnt terminate him anyway but a good assault weapon would have done the trick.

    This is why assault weapons should never be banned. Protection per 2nd Amendment.

  • Luis

    I note the light-skinned Bantu studio reporter, contrasted with the perp, who looks like an Oakland Raider player. Once again, it’s like te MSM is saying, “We Bantus aren’t ALL bad”.

  • saxonsun

    She’s a hero and a role model. When I heard about this I rejoiced; however, this is exactly why the powers-that-be want to deprive us of guns.


    She should have asked the intruder if he knew whether she fired five shots or six.