What’s your worst fear? I don’t know if it is my worst fear, but I indeed fear someone breaking into my home at night. With an infant daughter to take care of, I don’t know what I’d do if some intruder came into our home. They wouldn’t leave without a fight, that’s for sure. And 18-year-old Sarah McKinley felt the same way.
She would do anything to keep her baby safe. Although she was young, she had been through a lot. Her husband had passed away from cancer, and she was a teen single mom. But when a criminal broke into her home and threatened her baby, she proved she was stronger than everyone suspected.
New Year’s Eve 2012 was the week after her husband passed away from cancer. And Sarah was very vulnerable. She just wanted her husband back. Instead, two armed men broke into her home and tried to threaten her infant son. Sarah wanted none of that. She had already been through too much.
Sarah slid a couch in front of the door. Then she hurried into the bedroom and brought a bottle to keep her son hushed. And while sitting on her husband’s side of the bed, she dialed 911.
Her discussion with the emergency dispatchers was shocking. She had control over the situation, and she wanted the police to know it.
Sarah said, “I’ve got two guns in my had. Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?”
The dispatcher encouraged her to use her second amendment to protect her and her baby.
“Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself. I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby.”
The men wanted Sarah and her infant son. Armed with a razor-sharp blade, the criminals got into Sarah’s house. Then they rushed to her bedroom where they hoped to find her. The intruder kicked at her door. Once. Twice. A third time. Harder each time. Faster.
Her son started to cry. The loud banging startled him. Sarah lifted her firearm.
Then they kicked down her bedroom door.
Memories flashed through Sarah’s mind. She saw her 58-year-old husband, Kenneth. Lung cancer took him from her on Christmas Day. She saw him holding their son. She saw his smile. And then she saw him sick, and on meds.
And it clicked. These burglars didn’t want her. They wanted her late husband’s cancer medication. They were Oklahoma drug addicts.
24-year-old Justin Martin appeared in the doorway. He was sweaty. Breathing heavy. Hunger was in his eyes. He saw Sarah, and she was his next fix.
“When I saw him come in, I saw something flash in his hand. I told 911 I was going to shoot and I did. And he just fell over the couch. When someone breaks into your house with a deadly weapon, they aren’t here for anything good.”
Sarah chose her baby’s safety over the rattled drug addict’s breaking into her home with a deadly weapon.