Young Mom Provides Home Security for Infant Son
Sometimes, the best home security system is simply your will to live and your will to protect your family. A recent incident in Oklahoma involving a young mother and a home invader demonstrates just how dangerous it can be to threaten a family with small children.
This story involves Sarah McKinley, an 18 year-old young mother in Oklahoma City. The holidays proved tragic for McKinley, whose husband passed away on Christmas Day.
McKinley was targeted by a man giving the name of Justin Martin on the day of her husband’s funeral. The man claimed to be a neighbor introducing himself. Wisely, McKinley didn’t let the stranger into the house.
On New Year’s Eve, the man returned with an accomplice by the name of Dustin Stewart. Martin brought with him a 12-inch hunting knife, and the pair attempted to break into McKinley’s house.
The pair went from door to door of the home, trying to break in. (This, of course, illustrates just how important it is to have a comprehensive home security system that protects all of your potential entrances).
As the men attempted to break in, McKinley called Emergency Services, and she also got out two guns in the home: a 12-gauge shotgun as well as a handgun.
While on the phone with Emergency Services, McKinley gave her 3 month-old baby boy a bottle and spoke with the dispatcher about the situation.
The intruders were persistent – McKinley was on the phone with 911 for 21 minutes. Eventually, Martin kicked in the door, and came at McKinley with his hunting knife.
When he came at her, McKinley shot Martin, killing him. Stewart fled the scene, turning himself into police later on New Year’s Day.
At this point, no charges have been filed for McKinley for the shooting. The local chief of police is on record as describing the situation as one of self-defense, and saying that the law provides for such an action in that kind of situation.
This story illustrates just how important it is to spend some time thinking about your home security system, as well as what other personal protection methods you might want to have in place in the event someone tries to get into your home.