An Ohio woman disabled by a stroke bought a 9 mm Glock in February after a rash of break-ins in her neighborhood.
Less than nine months later, she needed three shots from it to drive a drugged intruder out of her home, according to Cincinnati.com.
Mabel Fletcher, 64, told Middletown police she was sleeping late Wednesday when her white tiny Bichon Frise, Benji, woke her with barks of warning.
Fletcher reached in the dark for the weapon she keeps in the nightstand by her bed and confronted the intruder – a woman.
“I seen a shadow and then I went to look to see what it was and there she was,” Fletcher told Cincinnati.com. “She pushed me up and started throwing things at me and it went from there and I shot.”
The shot missed and the intruder ran into the back of the house, according to Cincinnati.com. She threw an ironing board at Fletcher, who fired again.
This time, the woman pretended to be hit and lay motionless on the floor. When Fletcher bent to check on her, the woman lunged.
Fletcher fired a third time – missing again – and the woman fled out a window.
Police responding to reports of gunfire found the suspected intruder in a car around the corner after the car’s owner reported a stranger was asleep inside, according to Cincinnati.com.
The woman, identified as 21-year-old Paige Stacy, was charged with drug possession, including heroin and Xanax, aggravated burglary and criminal trespass, according to Cincinnati.com.
Fletcher said the gun paid off.
‘“I have heard of so many break-ins and I am a widow and I am by myself and I thought somebody could come in,” she said. “My dog could let me know, but if they could probably shoot him and then I’d have no protection and they could kill me. So I had to get me a weapon to protect myself.”
She did seem a little embarrassed about her shooting, though.
“I can shoot good. If I’d a had my glasses on, I probably would have shot better,” she told Cincinnati.com. “But who thinks about putting on their glasses when they’re getting broken into?”
Not many people. Just like there aren’t many women left in the world with names like Mabel Fletcher.
When they’re gone, the world – and Middletown, Ohio — will be a poorer place.