A young mother in Oklahoma was forced to make a decision on New Year’s Eve’ in 2012- to kill an intruder in her home or risk her baby’s life.
Sarah McKinley was going through a very difficult time when less than a week earlier her baby’s father died of cancer.
Sarah McKinley told ABC News Oklahoma affiliate KOCO that a man named Justin Martin dropped by her home on the day of her husband’s funeral, claiming he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old mom did not let the man in, but on New Year’s Eve Martin returned with another man, Dustin Stewart, who was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife.
The two men began trying to break into McKinley’s home going door to door to try and gain entry. McKinley called 911, grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun, went into her bedroom to get a pistol, put a bottle in her baby’s mouth and called 911.
“I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” the young mother asked the dispatcher. “I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”
The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door. “I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her.
The entire call lasted 21 minutes, and when Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old.
Police are calling the shooting justified saying, “You’re allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy and sanctions the use of deadly force,” Det. Dan Huff of the Blanchard police said. The other man, Stewart, soon turned himself into the police.
McKinley told KOCO, “I wouldn’t have done it, but it was my son. It’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”
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