LOGANVILLE, GA - A burglar in Georgia learned about a different kind of of Southern Hospitality after he broke into a woman’s home only to have the stay-at-home mom put five bullets into his face.
At around 1 p.m. Friday, a woman was at home with her two 9-year-old twins when there was a knock at the door. At first she thought it was a solicitor and ignored it. She became alarmed and called her husband at work when the person would not quit ringing the doorbell.
Her husband instructed her to take their children and hide inside a crawlspace that adjoined her office while he called 911. By this time, 32-year-old Paul Slater had made his way into the home after prying open the front door with a crowbar.
Slater has a lengthy criminal history with six arrests dating back to 2008. He was just released from jail in August after serving six months for simple battery and three counts of probation violation. On this day, he was breaking into someone’s home to steal the things they had worked for.
After rummaging around the house a bit, Slater finally made his way to the office and opened the door where the woman was hiding with her children. Skipping a formal introduction, the woman used a .38 revolver fired six shots at Slater’s head. Five of those shots hit Slater in the face and neck area.
Even though the woman had given Slater five new holes to breath from, the man was not dead and was still conscious. He was face-down on the ground crying, but conscious. As the woman came out of hiding, she informed Slater that if he moved. she would shoot his ass again. Slater stayed put and the woman fled to a neighbor’s home with her kids.
After the woman left, Slater exited her home and attempted to flee the area in his vehicle. He didn’t get too far before crashing.
“When you got five bullets in you, it makes you kind of disoriented,” said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. Police would find him bleeding in a neighbor’s driveway begging for help. “I’m dying. Help me,” he told them, according to Chapman. They obliged, and Slater taken to Gwinnett Medical Center where he is expected to survive.
“That mother’s instinct kicked in,” Chapman said about the shooting. “You go after a mother’s kids and she’ll find herself capable of doing things she never thought she was capable of.”
With all the talk about guns going on in light of a recent mass shootings, I think there are a couple valuable lessons to be learned from this story; use a .40 caliber bullet, and aim for center mass.