How could it not? A recently widowed 18-year-old mother in Blanchard shot a man dead after he broke into her house.
New Years Eve, Sarah McKinley called 911 after a Blanchard man, Justin
Shane Martin, allegedly tried breaking down the front door. McKinley,
who was in the trailer home with her 3-month-old son, had used a couch
to barricade the door.
days earlier, McKinleys 58-year-old husband had been buried after
dying of cancer. To pay for the funeral, she sold many of the mans
possessions. One item she kept was a 12-gauge shotgun.
McKinley asked 911 if she should shoot the man trying to get in, the
dispatcher said, I cant tell you that you can do that, but you have to
do what you have to do to protect your baby.
It took a single shotgun blast for McKinley to kill Martin, who was armed with a hunting knife, once he got through the door.
An alleged accomplice of Martins later told police they were breaking in to steal painkillers.