A woman who wrote about being stalked for the past six months by a man who made her life a living hell finally confronted the man as he kicked in the door of her Las Vegas home – and put two bullets into him.
The shooting took place early Friday morning, according to Las Vegas Fox affiliate KVVU, but the story started month earlier.
According to a pre-shooting account the woman posted on her Reddit account Sept. 25, the two dated for only a month. But for the past six months, the woman wrote, the stalker has hounded her — physically, by telephone, through the U.S. mail and through social media – with increasing malevolence, telling her “you no longer deserve to draw breath.”
Each and every time I blocked one he simply created a new one and proceed to contact me as if nothing had happened. 12 different reddit accounts, 9 different tumblrs, 10 different imstagrams, 3 meetup accounts, 4 facebooks (with which he changed his location to that of my hometown and proceeded to add nearly everyone from my graduating class in high school) and even 3 Duolingo accounts and myspace. Yes. MySpace.
The woman wrote that she got restraining orders against the man. He laughed at them. Police told her there was nothing they could do because he hadn’t actually harmed her.
Eventually, she got a handgun and a concealed weapons permit. She carried the gun with her so often, she wrote, “I’ve learned to do everything even shower with [it].”
She also began barricading her front door with a chair in case the man ever tried to make his death threats become real.
Early Friday morning, she wrote, both precautions saved her life.
Awaking after 1 a.m. to hear someone kicking through the barricaded door and realizing it was her stalker.
I stood at the top of my stairs and fired twice. Hitting him in the chest, I hear his scream, his disbelief that I’d stood up for myself.. 0 to 100 in milliseconds. I’ve never been so afraid in my life. I do not know if he is living, but I do know the police have him and that’s what helps the most.
The woman also responds to critics who think she shot unnecessarily, or could have used a warning shot to scare the man away.
It’s as eloquent a case for armed self defense as can be made.
Those who believe there was other things to be done have never had someone tell you that you no longer deserve to draw breath and mean it. And for the ‘shouldve fired a warning shot’ folks: There are no warning shots, a gun is a deadly force, you only pull that trigger if you are in fear for your life and all other methods of deterring are gone. When he kicked my door in, there was no longer a deterrent preventing harm. Warning shots are dangerous and could hurt the unintended. This is not a wild west movie. That’s what responsible gun ownership is.
Check out the KVVU coverage here.
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