Pregnant Woman Uses AR-15 to Defend Family from Violent Home Invasion
Police find one of the attackers 'dead in a ditch' near the family's home
A heavily pregnant Florida woman used an AR-15 to protect her family during a violent home invasion, according to reports.
The woman, wielding the semi-automatic rifle, saved her husband and young daughter after two masked men burst into their home.
The 8-months pregnant woman managed to grab the family's AR-15 and kill one of the armed burglars after they pistol-whipped her husband and violently grabbed their 11-year-old child.
34-year-old Jeremy King says he was at his home in Lithia, Florida with his 31-year-old wife when the two armed men forced their way in last Wednesday at about 9 pm before demanding money while pointing a gun at his head.
The suspects grabbed the couple's daughter as King tried to explain they didn't have anything that was worth giving them, according to police.
One of the attackers then started pistol-whipping him as the other kicked him repeatedly in the head, King told local news reporters.
"As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter,” King told Bay News 9.
“I’m telling them, ‘I have nothing for you,' and they’re like, ‘Give me everything you got.’
"It became real violent, real fast.”
According to Fox News, King said one of the burglars pistol-whipped him and another kicked him in the head.
He said the violence created a commotion that attracted the attention of his wife, who walked into the room to see what the noise was — and soon found herself dodging a bullet.
The woman, who was not identified, reportedly retreated and grabbed an AR-15 that was legally inside their house, returning to the room and shooting the intruders, hitting one of them.
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King said of his wife.
“He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”
The man was later found dead in the ditch, according to the news outlet.
The other burglar fled when his friend was shot.
“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it. [My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me," King said.
King says he suffered a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, and a concussion, and needed "20 stitches and three staples in my head."
Neither of the intruders was publicly identified by authorities.
Anyone with information on the incident or the burglar's whereabouts is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.