Gun-Wielding Woman Saves Husband From Armed Robbers

Woman with a gun / AP


A Florida woman saved her husband from armed robbers last week when she pulled her own gun, shooting one intruder and scaring off two others.

Three men broke into the couple’s home on Aug. 31 in an attempt to rob them, Pasco County sheriff’s deputies told the Tamp Bay Times. Though the couple was not identified, police said the three burglars broke into their home, pointed a gun at the husband, and ordered him to lay on the ground. They then searched his pockets for his wallet.

As the robbers were focused on her husband, the wife managed to make it into her bedroom. She retrieved her gun and returned to the living room where the intruders were still searching her husband. She then pointed the gun at the intruders and ordered them to freeze.

The robbers instead ran toward the door. After two made it outside, the third turned and pointed his gun at the woman. She fired a shot at him, striking him in the shoulder.

At that point, her husband tackled the intruder and a physical struggle ensued. A neighbor helped the husband subdue the robber. The armed intruder, who police said had a stolen gun, was transported to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police later identified the man as Michael Jay Shackelford Jr., 46, and charged him with home invasion and robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon. He is being held on $150,000 bond.

There were no reported injuries to the homeowners.

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Stephen Gutowski is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He founded his own site as a junior in college and has been writing about news and politics since that time. He spent 4 years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. His email address is His twitter handle is @StephenGutowski.

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