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Tucker Woman Fights Back Upon Finding Teens in Her Home

Woman wrestles with, fires gun at suspect during Tuesday morning break in.

A Tucker woman fought back against one of two teens who broke into her home Tuesday morning. Credit: Patch file
A Tucker woman fought back against one of two teens who broke into her home Tuesday morning. Credit: Patch file
A Tucker woman took matters into her own hands when a neighbor called her shortly before 8:30 Tuesday morning to inform her that someone was breaking into her Lee Street home.

According to DeKalb police spokesperson Mekka Parish, the woman returned to her residence to find two teenage boys inside. Surprised, one of the youths fled out the back door, but the other tackled the woman while attempting to exit the premises.

As the two struggled, the woman was able to grab her gun and fire “several rounds at the suspect as he fled” Parish wrote in an email.

Police, who had been called by the neighbor, arrived on the scene to capture and arrest both suspects.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, are local residents who were skipping school according to police. Their names have not been released and there were no injuries suffered during the incident.

Mandy Wilder February 04, 2014 at 09:29 PM
If DeKalb PD aren't going to take a bite out of rising crime, we residents will.
Marsha Ashby February 05, 2014 at 06:44 AM
Where is Lee Street in Tucker? I cannot find the street. I see Lee Circle and Lee Way.
Ivory Dorsey, Speaker, Facilitator, and Author February 05, 2014 at 07:42 AM
A stitch in time saves nine. Perhaps these are young enough to be stupid and old enough to become wise. Crime does not pay but it does send a strong signal of what is to come. I pray that school looks pretty good to them now. Hats off to the woman who was armed and defensive of her property..They are blessed she was compassionate it could have been so much worse for them.
Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Marsha, this was the information supplied by the DeKalb PD, but I have sent a request to confirm whether it is correct or not. Thanks.
Brett February 05, 2014 at 09:18 AM
I didn't read anything in this story that led me to believe the woman was being compassionate. But it does seem she might be a bad shot and could some time at the range.
userbronco February 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM
She needs mo practice Sadly the thugs didn't get lead poisioning
Clem Kadiddlehopper February 05, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Good for her just to bad she did not hit and kill 3
Pam Scoggins February 06, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Good for her!!! no injuries?? did she miss, maybe she needs to go get some practice, cause if your going to have a gun to protect then you really need to learn how to use it for that purpose. Maybe these little thugs will think twice before they do this again, and maybe their parents can get some control over them and keep them in school, or put them somewhere where they can get the guidance they need.
Summer February 08, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Too bad she didn't shoot them.... They are probably going to learn from this and become better criminals. I'm mad she didn't get them.
dee_knott February 13, 2014 at 01:40 PM
A lot of blood thirsty people on here, wow. Why did the lady go to a house that was being broken into and didn't call the authorities? I'm glad that she wasn't hurt and neither were the kids.
Brett February 13, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Dee, why did she go to a house that was bring broken into? Because she LIVES THERE! You believe it's "bloodthirsty" to shoot thugs that have broken into and entered your home? I wonder if you'd feel the same way if someone breaks into your home, steals your things and possibly shoots you or a loved one as a parting gift?
dee_knott February 13, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Well Brett I myself would not go home without authorities if my home was being broken into. I treasure my life more so than I do material things. I do think it's blood thirsty to wish that someone, anyone be shot. Of course nobody would like it, me included if someone broke into my home and stole my things and especially shoots me or a loved one....what kind of a question is that anyway? I (meaning this is my opinion) just thinks it smarter to avoid any and all violence so I questioned why the lady didn't call the authorities instead of going into an unknown situation, again just my opinion.
Brett February 13, 2014 at 02:27 PM
What kind of question is that? It's the common sense question you and everyone else should ask themselves before they have to deal with it. I do agree she shouldn't have entered the house but remember - it's her house! I realize it's unpleasant to think about but that's how reality works sometimes. To each his own, but I have no empathy for people that take from others, harm others, or kill others. My opinion is I'd rather read all 3 were taken away in body bags than be free to continue taking from others, going in and out of the prison system, and adding nothing but pain to society.
dee_knott February 13, 2014 at 02:40 PM
It's actually not common sense to ask someone "How would you feel if someone shot you or your loved ones?"
Brett February 13, 2014 at 02:52 PM
I disagree Dee. It's easy to say people that wish ill on thugs that break and enter are bloodthirsty if you don't ask yourself such questions. I'm guessing you'd be pretty damn bloodthirsty yourself if someone broke into your house and had a gun aimed at you and your loved ones. That's the difference between us - it doesn't have to happen to me before I understand it.
dee_knott February 13, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Ok I'll bite, see Brett I don't need to ask myself that question either. I know how I would feel "if" someone had a gun pointed at me or my family and no I wouldn't be bloodthirsty I am just not that type. Now would I defend myself and my family? Absolutely! However, I would never be happy to harm another person or wish harm on another person. Now the reality of the situation is this: The teenagers that I was talking about "in this story" didn't have a gun. The only person who had a gun "in this story" was the homeowner so I really don't know how we got here but I'm going to blame it on the ice/snow.
Brett February 13, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Bloodthirsty is your word and my point remains that shooting someone that breaks into your home has nothing to with being bloodthirsty in my opinion. That is all.
Pam Scoggins February 13, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Oh lord lol, Dee how "would" you feel if you had a gun or any type of weapon pointed at you in your house by someone that took it upon themselves to break in and rob you or to harm?? You may not be bloodthirsty but I think thats the word you used, but I know you would do something, just like this woman did, these were not just "kids" they were teenagers that were skipping school and had no business in her house, and she probably had no idea if they had a weapon, and like me I wouldnt care if they did or not, you come into my house or on my property and want to cause or do harm you better be prepared. By the way I do have a permit and a gun. How are you going to defend yourself or your family if you dont cause harm to someone that tackles you in your house??
dee_knott February 13, 2014 at 06:29 PM
I don't think you read what I said Pam, I didn't say I wouldn't cause harm to someone to defend my family I said I would never be happy to cause harm to another. Brett, the definition of "bloodthirsty" is enjoying or encouraging bloodshed or violence, especially as a spectator..etc. So when I initially made a comment on this I was speaking to the comments that said things like "Sadly the thugs didn't get lead poisoning" "Good for her just to bad she did not hit and kill 3" "Too bad she didn't shoot them" So you are right shooting someone that breaks into your home doesn't have anything to do with being blood thirsty. We agree. So again I just wanted to say that I am glad that nobody was hurt in this situation, the homeowner or the teenagers.
Summer February 22, 2014 at 07:56 PM
To my teenagers, thugs, criminals etc.... Are getting away with breaking into homes robbing people of what they worked so very hard for, and doing so many other awful things. I don't blame her for using her right to bear arms. And protecting her possessions. Yes they maybe material things but this is what she worked for, sacrifice for and who knows what else she has done to improve her quality of life for some ones child who more than likely had a lack of good parenting to come And take what belongs to her. Something needs to be done .
Summer February 22, 2014 at 07:57 PM
To many of them are getting away with this.

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