Mother shoots intruder to protect baby

I tried finding the following story on NYTimes.com

BLANCHARD, OK., (Indiana’s NewsCenter)— 18 year old Sarah McKinley said she did what she had to do to protect her new baby The recently widowed mom killed an intruder on New Year’s Eve after a 911 operator told her, “Do what you have to do to protect your baby.”

Sarah McKinley, who was alone with her 3-month-old son in their Blanchard home, McKinley says two men — one of whom she had met previously — appeared at her door Saturday night and then tried to break in. Two days earlier, she had buried her husband, who died of cancer on Christmas Day.

It’s supposed to be somewhere under Times Topics, one of the Oklahoma stories.

I also tried finding it on MSNBC.com’s web page.  A search through their internal server brought the above story.  But nothing highlighted.

One man — identified as 24-year-old Justin Martin — had come by Thursday to express condolences. But Saturday, armed with a foot-long hunting knife, he and his partner attempted to break down McKinley’s door. She blocked it with her couch, grabbed her baby and fetched a 12-gauge shotgun and a handgun before calling 911.

McKinley said she asked the dispatcher, “I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door? I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”

“I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher said.

The 911 conversation lasted for 21 minutes. Then the door gave in.

So, for 21 recorded minutes two men, armed with a foot-long hunting knife attempted to break into the young widow’s home.

“I waited till he got in the door. They said I couldn’t shoot him until he was inside the house. So I waited until he got in the door and then I shot him,” McKinley said.

Martin, who charged McKinley with his knife, was hit in the “upper torso,” police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His cohort, Dustin Louis Stewart, 29, fled but later surrendered to authorities.

I can just imagine NY Times Editor Jill Abramson, holed up in her (I suspect) Hamptons summer house with knife-wielding thieves attempting for 21 minutes to break in the door.   Might be a life changing event vis a vis gun rights.  Or not.

As a personal aside, my late father carried a gun at his business and kept either a German Shepherd or Doberman nearby.  When a rough looking customer would ask, “Does that dog bite?” his usual answer was

“Only if you mean to bite us.”