According to WSB-TV
, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman, said the woman was working in an upstairs office around 1 p.m. when she saw a strange man outside through a window of her home. The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)
reports the man knocked on the door of the house but the woman, unable to identify the visitor, refused to answer. When the visitor began ringing the doorbell persistently, she called her husband, Donnie Herman, who was at work.
Mr. Herman immediately dialed 911, while his 37-year-old wife hid their 9-year-old twins in the attic.
According CBS 6
, when no one answered the door, the stranger reportedly went back to his car and returned with a crowbar. The Blaze
reports the mother said that from her office window, she could see the suspect, whom police have identified as Paul Ali Slater, forcing his way into the house with a crowbar. After he forced his way into the house, he began rummaging through the family belongings.
According to The Blaze
, he finally cornered the family in an attic crawlspace.
When Slater opened the closet in which the woman and her children were hiding, she fired six bullets at him. Five hit him in the face and neck.
According to WSBTV
, Chapman said: "The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver."
Slater survived the five shots in the face and neck, Chapman said. After the woman ran out of bullets, she threatened to shoot again. The intruder, unaware that the woman had fired all her six rounds, began pleading for mercy.
Chapman said: "She’s standing over him, and she realizes she’s fired all six rounds. And the guy’s telling her to quit shooting."
The woman told him to stay on the ground or else she'd shoot. CBS 6
reports she ran to a neighbor’s home with her children. After she had left the house, Slater stumbled out and attempted to escape in his SUV, but because he was severely wounded, and bleeding profusely, he was weak and unable to control the car. He crashed in a wooded area and finally ended up in a nearby driveway where he collapsed.
Police found the 32-year-old intruder in the driveway, arrested him and took him to a nearby hospital. Police say he is expected to survive his rather unexpected ordeal. According to AJC
, Paul Ali Slater is a native of Long Island and a resident of Gwinnet County, Georgia. He was released from jail in August on simple battery charges and three counts of probation violation after serving six months. He had been arrested on six other occasions since 2008, police say.
Chapman said that when they found Ali in a neighborhood driveway, he was crying and saying: "Help me. I'm close to dying."
The victim's husband, Donnie Herman, said he's proud of his wife. He praised her, saying: "My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as responsible, prepared gun owner."
Herman told a reporter: "Her life is saved, and her kids' life is saved, and that's all I'd like to say."
According to WSBTV
, Chapman told a reporter late Friday night that Slater has been placed on a ventilator with punctured lungs, a punctured liver and a punctured stomach. Chapman said he has four exit wounds. He said doctors will operate to repair the damage.
Police say they are charging Slater with burglary.