Forgive me for momentarily warping into a stereotypical all-American gun-toting redneck (I promise, I'm only like this when I talk about self/home defense and the right to bear arms)... But this woman is my fucking HERO!
Castle Doctrine aka "Make My Day Law" at its best! More info below.
(CBS/AP) BLANCHARD, Okla. - A recently widowed young mother shot and killed an intruder on New Year's eve, while she was on the phone with a 911 operator.
Sarah McKinley, 18, reportedly was home alone with her infant son just a week after her husband died of lung cancer, when two men tried to break into her house.
McKinley managed to push the couch to the front door to create a barricade, but that didn't stop the intruders.
"He was from door to door trying to bust in," McKinley told CBS affiliate KWTV. "I don't know what he had in his hand besides the knife. I believe he actually had a hammer in his hand at some point because he was hitting that back door with it."
McKinley called 911 and was on the phone with the operator during the entire 21 minute ordeal. She even asked the operator if she could shoot the intruder.
"They said I couldn't shoot him until he was inside the house," McKinley said. "So I waited until he got in the door and then I shot him."
Police said that Justin Shane Martin, 24, died at the scene and his alleged accomplice, 29-year-old Dustin Louis Stewart, ran away, but was later brought to police by his parents. He is currently in jail.
McKinley's mother told KWTV that Martin had followed her daughter around at a rodeo about two years ago.
She also said McKinley recently bumped into Martin at a convenience store, and that on Thursday night he showed up at her door, introducing himself as a neighbor. McKinley told her mother she did not know who he was until she pieced it all together after the shooting.
Police told KWTV that so far, their investigation revealed that McKinley did everything right in defending herself.
"The Oklahoma laws are clear on the home, and the right to your home are absolute," said Detective Dan Huff of the Blanchard Police Department.
(CBS/AP) BLANCHARD, Okla. - Authorities say they won't file charges against an Oklahoma widow who fatally shot a New Year's Eve intruder at her house while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.
Pictures: Oklahoma teen mom shoots intruder
Sarah McKinley, 18, asked a Grady County dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder at her Blanchard mobile home.
"I've got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?" McKinley asked the dispatcher.
"Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself," the dispatcher is heard telling McKinley in the 911 tape released Wednesday. "I can't tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby."
McKinley's 3-month-old son was with her when she shot Justin Shane Martin, 24.
Oklahoma law allows the use of deadly force against intruders, and prosecutors said McKinley clearly acted in self-defense. According to court documents, Martin was holding a knife when he died.
"Our initial review of the case doesn't indicate she violated the law in any way," Assistant District Attorney James Walters told The Oklahoman newspaper.
However, prosecutors have charged Martin's alleged accomplice, Dustin Louis Stewart, 29.
Stewart, who called 911 shortly after the home invasion, told a dispatcher he fled the scene when Martin made his way into a Blanchard home, reports CBS affiliate KWTV.
"My name is Dusty Stewart and I think it was my friend that got shot."
Stewart reportedly told the dispatcher, "I don't know what he was trying to do. I stood at the fence and told him to come on and I don't know what he did."
Stewart was charged with first-degree murder.
"When you're engaged in a crime such as first-degree burglary and a death results from the events of that crime, you're subject to prosecution for it," Walters said.
Stewart was arraigned Wednesday and was being held in the Grady County jail. A bond hearing was set for Thursday.
According to court documents, Martin and Stewart might have been looking for prescription drugs. McKinley said it took the men about 20 minutes to get through her door, which she had barricaded with a couch.
She said her husband had died about a week earlier - on Christmas Day - after being hospitalized with complications from lung cancer earlier that month.