Rebbie Roberson from Bowie County, Texas is my new hero.
The 74-year-old grandmother showed incredible courage and poise when her house was broken into last Sunday night.
Instead of letting the armed robber take what he wanted from her (who knows what the thug wanted, maybe some money or jewels or may even her life), she chose to fight back.
“And when I started to get up, he was in here on me with a gun facing me right to my face,” she told KSLA News 12, recounting the incident.
At that moment, with a gun in her face, she got up and calmly made her way over to a nearby table where her own firearm was resting.
“So I had to walk right out in front of him,” explained Roberson. “I didn’t know if he was going to kill me or what.”
“I reached over there and grabbed this gun,” she continued. “And when I swerved around, I pointed it at him and he ran.”
Roberson then began firing her wheel gun in the man’s direction.
“I’m not sure I didn’t hit him. I don’t know yet. I sure tried. I sure was hoping,” she said, adding, “That was the scare of my life.”
Police did not find evidence to suggest that the intruder was wounded.
“I tried to kill him,” Roberson said. “Anybody break in on me, I’m going to kill them. He’s going to kill me or I’m going to kill him.”
Roberson said she always keeps a gun nearby, though, this is the first time she has ever had to use it.
While this encounter did not end badly for Roberson, authorities indicated that Roberson was lucky.
“It could have been worse for both individuals, both the victim and the suspect,” Bowie County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Neal said.
No charges are expected to be filed against Roberson.
“Every citizen, according to the Texas penal code, has the right to defend themselves and their family,” said Neal.
As for the intruder who was wearing gloves and a mask at the time of the break-in, police are asking anyone with information to call the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 798-3149.