Donnie Herman’s Wife Saves the Family

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you are a woman you should learn how to shoot. Guns are the great equalizer. If you can ignore the righteous (wrongeous) fervor against firearms in the news, and have a small amount of spare cash, I would suggest purchasing one. Follow all licensing rules in your state and get as much training as you can. Take this story of a woman, only referred to as Donnie Herman’s wife. She shot a burglar five times in the face. And the guy tried to drive off:

As he dialed 911, his 37-year-old spouse, who works from home, collected the children and hid with them in a crawlspace adjoining her office. By that time, the intruder had forced his way into the three-story residence on Henderson Ridge Drive with a crowbar, authorities said. He allegedly rummaged through the home, eventually working his way up to the attic office.

“He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver,” said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman, who relayed the woman’s narrative to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He asked that her name be withheld.

The woman fired six bullets, five of which hit Paul Ali Slater in the face and neck area, Chapman said. But Slater was still conscious.

“The guy’s face down, crying,” the sheriff said. The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.

Slater, unaware that she had emptied her chamber, obliged as the mother and her children ran to a neighbor’s house.

The injured burglar eventually made it out of the home and into his car, driving away before deputies arrived on the scene. He didn’t get far.

MSN originally referred to our heroine as trigger happy(or here, in the Yahoo cache, third story down) but have since taken that line out of the story. (You can still see commenters complaining about it to MSN in the comments.) Trigger-happy? Let’s put their wives in front of a “burglar” and see how they feel. Exact MSN line from the Yahoo cache: Atlanta mom, unnamed, took matters into her own trigger-happy hands on Friday when confronting an intruder. The unidentified woman shot a burglar five times. . .

Five of six shots placed, good job Donnie Herman’s wife.

12 thoughts on “Donnie Herman’s Wife Saves the Family

  1. This happened not far from my house and she is being hailed as a hero. At first I though it sad the lived, now I think it’s great. He has to go to prison being know as a dumb ass.

  2. Kris: This is the best our country has to offer. Bravery.
    CP: Wow, I am glad she is getting the press. She should form a group, training women how to shoot and protect themselves.

  3. One article I read said “she felt as though she needed to take extreme measures to keep her family safe.”

    Well duh, the guy was un-invited in somebody else’s house, and in her attic! Not her hallway, her attic, he went through the house. and FOUND her in the attic.

    The bad thing about this story is she was so scared, she could possibly shot a cop or her husband by accident if they opened the door after the incident was over. But God bless her and her right to shoot the intruder!

  4. I applaud the woman for saving her family and herself. What I don;t understand is (1) how a man shot in the face five times and in the neck once can survive, let alone get up, go downstairs and drive off.
    (2) I’m wondering what his motive was; it can’t be simple robbery if he chased them up to the attic. What was he going to do?
    (3) Was he armed?

  5. mark: This incident really happened at an opportune time, what with the call for gun control. Truly, God bless her and her family.
    Clark: I have all those questions too. Perhaps more info will come out in the following days.

  6. Clark’s questions are all good ones, and (along with the trigger-happy comment) I am really sick of the one sided media view. When I took civics/history classes throughout my life I was taught that the media was practically a 4th check and balance, and that a free media is key to maintaining our constitutional freedoms. I have been watching the biased reporting for years, but I only see it getting worse. Thank God for the blogosphere, talk radio, twitter, and Navy One.

  7. My husband tried to kill a possum in the yard one evening. He shot it several times in the head and still did not kill it. He said possums have small brains making it hard to kill them. Sounds like this burglar had a possum brain.

  8. At least this courageous woman went for five head shots, and did not take the easy option of just firing at the bodies central mass. Not an easy thing to do under pressure.

    Target shooting is easy when the targets don’t fire back; combat shooting is a completely different ball game, especially when you see the whites of their eyes as well as their expressions as they go down!

    Time to issue ‘man-packable’ chain guns for home protection; (you would probably have to do a complete re-build afterwards; but hey, you get that room extension that you always wanted)!

    Yours Aye.

  9. Lou: Wow, that possum is tiny-brained critter. . .
    Lil C: Hit the nail on the skull, more like it. . .
    EB: Very good analysis of the difference between real and target shooting.

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