A stalker broke into her home. Cowering and alone with her infant child in the corner, 18-year-old Sarah McKinley bravely spoke to a 911 operator in a hushed tone. When the operator heard the dire nature of the situation, that a stalker was in the home and intended to hurt the mother and child, extreme force was ordered by the operator.
Lumbering in the home was the stalker, sloppy breathing and clumsy toppling of objects indicating that his mind was warped. The predator held a big, metalic hunting knife in hand. He lapped his lips and desired to hurt McKinley and her child.
McKinley’s mind must have been racing with the worst thoughts, the young teen mother losing her husband to cancer only a week before.
Several days after McKinley’s husband’s funeral, a mysterious man showed up to her door. The man’s name was Justin Martin and claimed to just be a neighbor who wanted to say hello. Trusting her instincts, McKinley denied Martin entry into her home.
But then, only days later, horror.
On December 31st, Martin and an accomplice returned and try to force their way into McKinley’s home. Flustered yet focused, McKinley immediately called 911 and grabeed her 12 gauge shotgun and a pistol.
To keep her hiding space quiet, McKinley fed her three-month-old son a bottle. “I’ve got two guns in my hand — Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” This was McKinley question to the 911 operator she had on the phone.
“I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” said the dispatcher. As the call went on for nearly 30 minutes, the two monster continued trying to break into McKinley’s home bedroom. Finally enraged, Justin Martin managed to kick through McKinley’s door and lunged at her with a knife.
With no other choice, McKinley fired a gun.
Police arrived, finding Martin’s body slumped over a couch. There is no word yet on the well-being of the other suspect. Police ruled that McKinley’s use of force was well justified.