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8 Months Pregnant, Woman Returns Home Invaders' Fire

One of the armed men was killed, the other fled
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2019 7:45 PM CST
A woman in Florida grabbed a semi-automatic rifle when two men broke into her home.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – Hearing a commotion one evening last week, a Florida woman who'd been in a back bedroom of the family house looked out to see what was going on. When she saw two men holding her 11-year-old daughter and pistol-whipping her husband, and one of them took a shot at her, she backed away and grabbed a semi-automatic rifle. The woman, who was eight months pregnant, opened fire. She hit one of them, per Bay News 9, who fled and collapsed, dead, in a nearby ditch. Police are looking for the other. Jeremy King said his wife "evened the playing field and kept them from killing me." Her name was not released.

King said the men burst into the home about 9pm, pointed their guns at him and demanded money. "They came in heavily hooded and masked," he said. When King said he had nothing to give them, one began to pistol-whip him while the other kicked him in the head. "It became real violent, real fast," King said. He needed 20 stitches after the attack for injuries that included a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity and a concussion, per NBC. King said he didn't know the men and doesn't know why they picked his house. The AR-15-style weapon was in the home in Lithia, about 25 miles southeast of Tampa, legally. (Read more home invasion stories.)

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