Florida: 67-Year-Old Woman Runs Off Intruder by Shooting at Him

The good thing about her missing the intruder is that she is now inspired to head on down to the shooting range and do a little more practicing:

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Jacksonville Woman Protects Home By Shooting at Burglar
Dec 21, 2011 – First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Years ago, Betty Magnusson’s son took her to a gun show and bought her a gun.

That .38 revolver was tucked away in her bedroom and never used, said Magnusson.

That is, until around 9:30 Sunday night.

“I knew as soon as it happened, something was wrong,” said Magnusson.

Asleep in bed, the 67-year-old heard a crash in her living room in her home on the Westside.

“I just grabbed the gun and started walking out and said who is it. And that’s when I saw the guy standing right here in the middle of the living room,” said Magnusson. “I’m going, ‘you have got some nerve’. And he had this hoodie on.”

She said the man stood by her Christmas tree, staring at the floor, but there were no presents under the tree. He never said a word, said Magnusson, and neither did she.

She didn’t really have much to say anyway. “They always told me to cock it first. I didn’t cock that thing or nothing. I just pulled the trigger. It was easy as pie,” she said.

She missed him and hit her window, but the robber took off. She said she wasn’t shaking at all during the incident; in fact, she said she was “cool, calm.”


Magnusson plans to head to a range to practice her aim, and she’s got a little reminder she’s keeping so she stays on target: the bullet casing she used.


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3 Comments on “Florida: 67-Year-Old Woman Runs Off Intruder by Shooting at Him”

  1. DRAT! She should shot him in the ‘nads’ it woulda served him right!

  2. Leatherneck Says:

    I bet her only problem is she needs a two handed grip, and strong leg slighly forward.

    Maybe next time.

  3. Big Frank Says:

    A ‘lead shower’ has a unique way of cleansing the premises of unwanted intruders. Go Granny!

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