Home invasion horror: Mom, hiding in closet with kids, guns down intruder

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-07 11:23:09-05

It was a terrifying ordeal for a Georgia mom and her twins.

A man from Long Island broke in while they were home Friday afternoon, and she did the only thing she could think of to save her family’s life: grabbed her gun.

The strange man showed up at their door and started ringing the bell, and wouldn’t stop,  terrorizing  the woman inside.

She called her husband, who called 9-1-1. Then she grabbed her 9-year- old twins, her gun, and hid in a closet.

Meanwhile, the man downstairs pried his way inside with a crowbar and began tearing the house apart.

As the mother was trying to calm her kids down, the man burst into the closet where they were hiding — and found himself staring down the barrel of her gun.

She started firing.

She emptied her revolver on the man’s face, then grabbed her kids and ran to a neighbor’s house.

Her husband says she did the right thing.

“My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner,”  said Donnie Herman.

The intruder, identified as Paul Slater, survived with five bullets to his face and neck.