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Iowa woman, 89, grabs handgun and fires a single shot at intruder who kicked in her door


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Jan 28, 2010
West Allis, WI, , USA
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An elderly Des Moines woman used a handgun to ward off a man who bashed in the front door of her home. Beatrice Turner said the man pounded on her door early Tuesday. Despite being told he had the wrong house, the man used his fists to break through the wood door.

The 89-year-old Turner said she grabbed a handgun and told the man she would shoot if he came inside. When the man entered, she fired a single shot.

A neighbor called police, who found 37-year old Nelson McAlpine standing on Turner's front lawn. The uninjured McAlpine was arrested on a charge of second-degree burglary.

McAlpine is being held in the Polk County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. It wasn't immediately determined if he has a lawyer.


Imagine that guns stopped what could have easily turned into a violent home invasion against an elderly woman. Who would have thunketh?:banghead:

Captain Nemo

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Apr 11, 2010
Somewhere, Wisconsin, USA
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Posted By - http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=143142&catid=3]KendraMackey[/url][/b]Last Updated On: 4/21/2010 9:25:18 PM

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DECATUR -- One man is dead and a second wounded after the two allegedly kicked in the back door of a home on Eagles Nest Circle in Dekalb CountyWednesday afternoon.

Thehomeowner says he was upstairs when he heard the commotion and grabbed ahandgun before confronting the would-be burglars. The homeowner shot both men.

Oneman died after arriving at thehospital. Thesecondwas able to flee the scene but later showed up atGrady Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.

The homeowner was taken to Dekalb Police Headquartersfor questioning. No word yet on whether he will face any charges.
Jun 21, 2009
across Death's Door on Washington Island, Wisconsi
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