‘He Could’ve Killed Me’: 70-Year-Old Defends Home By Shooting Intruder

“She’s one fierce grandma!” That’s what people are saying after hearing the story of 70-year-old gun-owner Maxine Thompson.

Over the weekend, Thompson woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of banging and clanking just outside of her Philadelphia residence.

The sound that she was hearing outside of her home was that of an intruder reportedly smashing a window and trying to break into the house. The gun-toting grandmother went and fearlessly confronted the intruder.

“First I thought I was dreaming, and then I looked out the window, outside,” Thompson said, per Fox News. “I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door.’”

The man did not stop, so she took action.

“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” Thompson testified. “Kill him before he kills me. That’s what was going through my mind.”

Here’s the story, per Fox News:

Maxine Thompson told Fox 29 she woke up around 4:30 a.m. and heard banging outside her house. Police said a 43-year-old man attempted to break into the grandmother’s Philadelphia home at the time.

Despite her warnings, the alleged burglar didn’t stop and continued to smash her dining room window and enter the house. Thompson, going into survival mode, grabbed her late mother’s handgun and shot at the suspect. She told Fox 29 it was her first time using the gun.

The alleged burglar was struck while Thompson fired at him several times. He ran to a nearby car wash and called police to report he’d been shot, Fox 29 reported. He was arrested, taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to his upper arm.


Thompson, whose son is a Philadelphia police officer, said the incident played out within 10 minutes. She recalled how the suspect could have killed her if she didn’t fire the gun.

Check it out:


Here’s what some people are saying about the woman’s bravery:

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

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