Armed Grandma Uses Gun to Detain BurglarSubmitted by PaulFanDC on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 13:38
Sandra Mize, 63, woke up in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to the noise of someone smashing in the back door of her Spokane, Wash., home. She grabbed her .22-caliber handgun and dashed toward the intruder, firing a shot in the man's direction and then detaining him as she called police.
Mize will face no criminal charges. In other states, such as Delaware—where lawyers say firing a gun at an intruder is only legal in the face of imminent death—and Virginia—where a man was charged in February for firing a shotgun at intruders, citizens might lack the legal right to act as Mize did.