GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A little late with this one, but a man who broke into a home and attacked a woman has died after she shot his ass nine times.
The 53-year-old woman was home alone taking a shower when the bathroom lights went out. When she pulled back the shower curtain she was greeted by 34-year-old Israel Perez Puentes putting a knife to her throat. The woman fell back into the tub and tried using the shower rod to fight off Puentes pleading for her life and telling him she had money.
Puentes was finally able to force the injured woman into the bedroom where Puentes was unaware she had something much better than a shower rod at her disposal in the form of a .22-caliber handgun. After grabbing the gun, she used it to shoot Puentes nine times. After being turned into Swiss cheese, Puentes tried fleeing from the scene only to collapse in the backyard. He would die later at the hospital.
Police don’t know why the woman, a veteran private school counselor, was targeted by Puentes, a Cuban national, but feel he stalked her for days because neighbors saw Puentes’ car parked in the neighborhood days earlier. Police also feel that there are more victims out there and are currently looking at past cases of robbery and sexual assaults in the area.
According to Gwinnett police spokesman Edwin Ritter, the shooting is being investigated but appeared to be justified. He said there are no plans to charge her.