Dramatic 911 calls of the moments before and after a mother shot a home intruder while trying to protect her nine-year-old twins have been released.
Rather than call police when the man broke into her house, Melinda Herman took the twins – and her husband’s handgun – to the attic and called her husband, who then called police on her behalf.
During the phone call, Donnie Herman can be heard trying to reassure his wife, before telling the dispatcher she was shooting intruder Paul Slater.
He can then be heard screaming at his wife to ‘shoot him…shoot him again’.
Recordings obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of two calls to 911, detailed the terrifying moments of the burglary – one from an anxious, but calm husband and the other from stunned neighbors.
Donnie tells his wife Melinda: ‘Just remember everything that I showed you, everything that I taught you, alright? If he opens that door, you shoot him, you understand?’
Though the husband’s conversation with his wife is not audible on the recording, he can clearly be heard giving instructions to his wife and asking her questions before relaying the information to the 911 operator.
After only a few moments on the phone, gunshots can be heard and Donnie tells the operator: ‘She’s shooting him! She’s shooting him!’ before screaming at his wife, ‘Shoot him again! Shoot him’.
With her husband’s .38 caliber handgun, Melinda shot Slater five times, though did not kill him. Donnie told the operator he could hear him was pleading for his life.
More than he bargained for: Melinda Herman can he heard firing all six rounds of the handgun, missing only once
Husband: Donnie Herman says he is proud of his wife, and he’s glad his family is safe
Despite his injuries, Slater managed to run from the house and get into his SUV and drive away.
This was when a neighbor called 911 to report gunshots. Soon after this, Melinda and her two children arrived at a neighbor’s home, visibly shaken.
‘They’re going to walk over to my house,’ a man tells 911. ‘I’m their neighbor. They’re okay. They’re just shooken up.’
As Donnie is still on the phone to the 911 dispatcher, she tells him that his neighbor is on the other line.
Police and EMS can be heard arriving at the scene.
Deputies found Slater bleeding in his car in another neighbor’s driveway. He remains hospitalized with puncture injuries to his lungs, liver and stomach.
Donnie finally receives the news he has been waiting for, more than ten minutes after he first called 911. The operator says: ‘The kids are at your neighbor’s house. Your wife is okay.’
Donnie Herman appeared on Good Morning America after the home invasion and called his wife a ‘hero’ and said she would do what ‘any responsible gun owner would do’.
Home invasion: Melinda was at home with her nine-year-old twins in their Loganville home, when the suspect began ringing the doorbell before breaking in
Not exactly a clean getaway: Slater managed to return to his vehicle, but his injuries left him unable to drive, and it wasn’t long before he crashed into a wooded area
It later emerged that Paul Slater broke into the house – thinking no one was home – with a crowbar and went from room-to-room until he came upon the family in the attic.
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told WSBTV after the burglary: ‘The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver.’
Sheriff Chapman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘The guy’s face down, crying. The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.’
WSBTV reported that Slater has a long criminal history and was released from prison in August.
The woman’s husband, Donnie Herman, is just glad his wife and kids are safe.
Mr Herman told WSBTV: ‘My wife is a hero. She protected the kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner.’
Now, juxtapose this situation with what some consider common sense gun control safety measures. Imagine the wife, in the heat of the moment, couldn’t get to the gun due to a law forcing her husband to lock it away. If she were able to reach the weapon, she found it unloaded and the ammunition, due to another regulation, had to be stored away from the weapon. Furthering the scenario, she was able to obtain the weapon and ammunition but the pistol had a trigger lock affixed that even for the experienced can take several minutes to open without the added stress of an intruder bearing down on her. The result of the above altercation would have quite different thanks to feel-good gun safety rules. They should be reclassified as Intruder safety regulations.
Attribution: Daily Mail
USA Today reports that “Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective buyers last Friday, smashing the single-day, all-time high by 32%, according to bureau records. Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008.”
NICS Firearm Background Checks — Friday, November 25, 2011:
Total NICS Checks—129,166 (highest day ever) 32.01 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
Federal Checks—81,609 (highest day ever) 26.69 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
POC State Checks—47,557 (4th highest day)
NICS Contracted Call Centers—69,497 (highest day ever) 16.30 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
NICS E-Check—11,953 (highest day ever) 119.76 percent over Friday, February 11, 2011
Some people have “attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting.”
Yes, that’s it. It’s not due to the world on the brink of a meltdown or ever-increasing violence countrywide.
Wisconsin’s concealed carry law isn’t even a month old, but thousands already have permission to pack heat and they’re buying up the hardware to do it.
Yes, of course. Concealed carry permits for hunting & sport shooting. I know, when I’m out hunting, I want to conceal my firearm. That way, my prey can’t figure out what my intentions are until it’s too late. I walk up to the deer. “Hey how’s it going? I’m just here to talk.” Then, when he least expects it, I draw my concealed 45 & Blamo!
Reports confirm gun sales have increased across Wisconsin and the state Justice Department has been deluged with so many permit requests it’s already scrambling to keep up.
The Justice Department’s handgun hotline, a number gun sellers can call to initiate background checks on would-be gun buyers, had received 7,355 calls in the first weeks of November.
Roger Wendling, owner of Monsoor’s Sport Shop in La Crosse, estimates he’s seen a 25 percent to 30 percent increase in handgun sales this month. About 70 percent of the concealed carry clientele have been women, he said.
The nerve of some women, wanting to protect themselves.
In fact, it is not just the Black Friday phenomena that is the cause for the increase.
According to the FBI’s NICS records, from 2000 through most of 2006 the number of firearms purchases remained remarkably stable, averaging around 8.5 million transactions per year. But toward the close of 2006, gun sales began to rise dramatically, ending the year at over 10 million. The following year, 2007, sales again rose to over 11 million.
Why the increase after 2006? What happened that could effect such change?
The (what’s a second amendment?) Democrats took control of Congress and we all know how gun-friendly they are. Sheer coincidence, I assume.
It was the election of Barack Obama that really ignited the current sales frenzy. With Obama’s election, over 3 million guns were purchased in the last two months of 2008 alone, ending the year at 12.7 million. Then, in 2009, the very first year of the Obama administration, Americans bought a record, 14 million guns, a whopping 40% increase over the first year of George Bush’s presidency. Another coincidence.
If this business boon were happening in any other industry, the media talking heads would be all over it. But alas, they can’t, for it is counterintuitive to their worldview & is anathema to their gun control mantra.
John Caile states, “It is often said that what people actually do, especially with their money, is a far better indicator of what they are thinking than what they say. If that is true, then the growing number of Americans who are buying guns for the first time are showing quite clearly that they are increasingly distrustful of their government’s ability to protect them.” I couldn’t agree more.
Attribution: Godfather Politics, Postcrescent.com, Redstate.com