A pregnant woman fatally shot a home intruder with an AR-15 to save the lives of her husband and daughter, last week.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, two intruders entered the hero mother’s household in Lithia on October 30, around 9 p.m. As soon as they came face to face with her husband, Jeremy King, they pointed guns at him and demanded money. They also proceeded to violently grab their daughter.
“They came in heavily hooded and masked”, King told Bay News 9. “As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter.”
Although he pleaded with the intruders, saying that they did not have any money on them, one of the men started pistol-whipping him, while the other started kicking him in the head. Meanwhile, his wife, who was eight months pregnant and whose name has been withheld, peered from the bedroom at the back to check out the source of the commotion.
That was when one of the men shot at her. She retreated to the room, grabbed an AR-15 and returned fire.
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King said. “He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”
The body of one of the intruders was found by investigators in a ditch nearby. The second intruder fled the scene after the fatal shot was fired. The police have determined that the firearm with which the intruder was shot was legally owned.
King said that he took a “severe beating” before his wife saved him. “I’ve got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head”, King said. “Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it. [My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me.”
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