This is the second time in just two years that this woman homeowner had to use her gun on a home intruder. In June of 2013, two teenagers broke into her Dayton, Ohio home, and she shot and killed one of them before she called 911.
This time, just a few days ago around 3 in the morning, 22-year-old DeBrandon Dickerson tried breaking in through the kitchen window of her house, but the homeowner had barred the windows up following a break-in the week before. The intruder then climbed on the roof and entered another window.
The homeowner heard the commotion, noting that it felt as if the whole house was shaking. Later, a cinder block was found on the ground that the intruder probably used to shatter the window.
The woman grabbed her gun and ran to her bathroom where she could lock the door while she called 911. The 911 operator told her to call back if she heard anything else. I’m not sure what exactly she told the operator that for whatever reason didn’t warrant sending an officer out right away.
Nevertheless, about an hour later, she called back to tell the operator that she had shot the intruder. She had seen a flashlight, and when she had confronted the man in the hallway, she shot him. He ran out, but soon stumbled on the sidewalk. A neighbor came to his aid when he heard Dickerson muttering, “Help me, help me, help me…” Then it got quiet, and he started crying before he died.
As it turns out, Dickerson had a criminal record peppered with misdemeanor larceny and theft charges. He was from Detroit, and he was staying at a cousin’s house just a few doors down from the woman’s house where he broke in. He was planning to return to Detroit this weekend.