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Mother uses gun to chase off robber

WARREN — A Willard Avenue Southeast woman said she “prayed I never had to” fire her handgun, but when an unknown man tried to rob her in her driveway Monday morning, she shot at him.

She thinks she “just missed him,” but the man fled, she said. Her concealed-carry training taught her not to shoot someone in the back, so she stopped firing.

“I never thought I’d have to use it,” she said of the gun. “But I’m glad I had it to protect myself because I had no idea what was going on in his head at the time,” the 40-year-old mother of two said Tuesday.

She had just pulled her car into her detached garage at 11:50 a.m. Monday and was walking back out carrying her purse when the man approached her from behind.

She pulled out her handgun, for which she has a concealed-carry license. But the suspect didn’t initially stop, punching her in the left eye and trying to steal her purse, she said.

The struggle apparently scared him because he ran down the driveway, and the woman called 911.

Inexplicably, as she waited in the yard for police to arrive, he returned.

She told the man to get away or she would shoot, a Warren police report says. But he kept coming, so she fired. This time, he took off for good.

The woman said she is shocked he came back.

“I never thought he’d come back the second time, knowing I had a gun with me,” she said. It made her wonder about his state of mind, but she doesn’t know if he was impaired by drugs or something else.

The punch left her face bruised.

“I’m still a little shook up, but I’m OK,” she said. “I’m just thankful my kids were not home.”

Her family has lived in the home for quite a few years, but she’s never experienced anything more serious than change being stolen from vehicles, she said.

Warren police are investigating the matter, but detectives could not be reached to discuss it.

A police report states the man was tall and wearing a red shirt and tan pants.

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