According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the harrowing incident began Friday afternoon when an unexpected visitor began knocking at the door of a residence in Loganville, Ga., about 30 miles east of Atlanta. The woman who lived in the house didn’t answer, and when the man began furiously pressing the doorbell, she called her husband, who called 911.
The woman, whose name authorities are withholding, then got a .38-caliber revolver she kept in the house and gathered her young twins and hid with them in a closet inside the house. Seconds later, the man at the door, later identified by police as Paul Ali Slater, broke into the house with a crowbar and began ransacking the house.
Slater soon came upon the upstairs closet where the three were hiding and opened the doors, only to immediately be shot five times in the face and neck by the woman.
“He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“The guy’s face down, crying,” Chapman added. “The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.”
The wounded intruder stumbled out of the house, attempting to flee in his car, but crashed into a nearby wooded area and collapsed in a neighbor’s driveway as he attempted to exit the car.
The woman, meanwhile, fled to a neighbor’s home with her children. The three escaped unharmed.
Police arrived soon after and Slater, who is expected to survive, was arrested at the scene.