A Cleveland woman, who is wheelchair bound, drew her gun in self defense against two armed robbers who attempted to break into her home on Monday.
Melinda Vandal said, “It’s my home. I have to protect myself.” And she is absolutely right! She actually told the men breaking in that she had a gun and would use it to protect herself if they continued to try to get in. She said, “I put the gun up to the window of the door and I yelled, ‘get off my property.'”
Melinda Vandal told Fox 8 she was in her laundry room when she noticed two men standing outside her window. “It was last Monday morning around 10:30,” Vandal said. “I looked at the door and there was a man, right there, right outside looking like he was going for my door. The other one was by my garage cutting my screen in my garage window to get in.”
She then called the police and retrieved her gun.
She then told the men she would defend herself and her home.
After seeing the gun, the man by the garage dropped his knife and the two men ran away. Vandal did not have to fire any shots at them. The police arrived a short time later but were unable to locate the two men. They are still investigating the matter.
Vandal told Fox 8 she has seen the two men in her neighborhood since the incident. She said she has trouble sleeping because of what happened. She now keeps her gun close at hand.
“I don’t want to ever hurt anyone, but I feel like I need to protect myself,” she told the news station.
Vandal did not have to fire the gun to protect herself. Just the mention of her having a gun was enough to scare off the intruders. However, if she needed to use it and it came down to them or her, she would have shot them.
They got lucky though. Not many people would have given them a warning.