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82-year-old fights off attacker
KVOA.com ^ | 3/15/10 | Unspecified

Posted on 03/16/2010 7:55:35 AM PDT by exbrit

SIERRA VISTA - An 82-year-old woman takes matters into her own hands after she's attacked in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Sierra Vista.

Police said the suspect Stephen Prickett beat the woman with her own cane until she grabbed her gun from her purse and started firing.

After a few days in the hospital, she's out and told News 4 all about it.

She said she was just walking to her car with some groceries when she was approached by the suspect. She said, "In a very mild voice he said, 'this is your day. You are too old to be alive anyway.'"

Moments later she said he grabbed her cane and started beating her and she's got the bruises to prove it. She said, "I got boo boos where I didn't know I had a place to put boo boos."

She eventually went for the gun in her purse and opened fire. She didn't hit him but said it still saved her life. She said, "In the long run I think it saved me because if I hadn't shot the thing no one would have known there was anything wrong and come running."

Wal-Mart employees came to her rescue and police weren't far behind.

Police said the victim did absolutely everything right. As for the suspect, they said he made a big mistake. Tracy Grady with the Sierra Vista Police Department said, "He picked the wrong woman. She was the wrong target."

And the self proclaimed "stubborn, old broad" said you can say that again. She said, "If I go naturally or to a sickness or something, fine. I'm ready to go, but I'm not ready to let some idiot like that take me out."

The victim said owning a gun isn't for everyone but added with the proper training it's a good idea particularly for elderly people like her that are becoming victim's more and more often.

The suspect was arrested shortly after the attack. He's facing multiple charges including attempted murder.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: banglist; evil; hatecrime; obamacare; obamacriminal; rkba

1 posted on 03/16/2010 7:55:35 AM PDT by exbrit
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To: exbrit

“She said, “In a very mild voice he said, ‘this is your day. You are too old to be alive anyway.’”

He’ll get paroled and become head of Obamacare Health Dole Death Panel...


2 posted on 03/16/2010 7:57:58 AM PDT by jessduntno ("our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." - Sam Adams)
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To: exbrit

Granny Rocks
I think all seniors whould have a gun to protect them when the Gov’t “ advisory” councils decide they are too old.


3 posted on 03/16/2010 7:58:15 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: exbrit

This is almost as good as the 67 year old Nam vet, who beat the living crap out of a young gang banger. ;-)


4 posted on 03/16/2010 7:58:45 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: exbrit

Wow!!! I live in Sierra Vista and this is the first I heard of this.

Good for her.


5 posted on 03/16/2010 8:00:41 AM PDT by waxer1 ( "The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests." -Andrew Jackson)
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To: TigersEye

Too bad she didn’t shoot him.


6 posted on 03/16/2010 8:05:36 AM PDT by pandoraou812 (timendi causa est nescire)
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To: exbrit

No explanation for the attack. They don’t mention robbery or such. Glad she is okay.


7 posted on 03/16/2010 8:06:01 AM PDT by doodad
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To: exbrit

Only thing she did wrong: She missed. Needs a little more range time.

Kudos to her nonetheless...


8 posted on 03/16/2010 8:11:25 AM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: exbrit

Three cheers for that gal!

I hope she goes to court when he is convicted and says, “well, I guess this is YOUR day, buster, and you certainly made MY day!”


9 posted on 03/16/2010 8:17:25 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: waxer1
Me too! Nothing in the Herald, but that's not surprising.
10 posted on 03/16/2010 8:23:09 AM PDT by AZHSer
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To: exbrit

“I’m not ready to let some idiot like that take me out.”

Good for her. She’s one tough lady!


11 posted on 03/16/2010 8:26:42 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: piytar
Only thing she did wrong: She missed. Needs a little more range time.

Next time you're at the range, try pulling a gun out of a purse and hitting a target while somebody is BEATING YOU WITH A STICK! Most of us don't include this in our target practice regimen.

12 posted on 03/16/2010 8:28:32 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: exbrit

Okay, when you beat on an eighty-something lady with her own cane and she still manages to get the drop on you...it’s time to get out of crime.


13 posted on 03/16/2010 8:32:38 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: exbrit

Wonder what Gun she used. It’d take me some time to chamber a bullet in my Glock.

Maybe I need to get another gun. One can never have too many guns, ammo, or knives.


14 posted on 03/16/2010 8:33:31 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: exbrit

Secondhand Lioness


15 posted on 03/16/2010 8:38:11 AM PDT by saint
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To: HighlyOpinionated
That is why a revolver is much better for those with little time for training.

Point and pull the trigger until the loud noises stop.

Racking the slide and taking the safety off on your semi-auto is difficult to do one-handed while being assaulted.

16 posted on 03/16/2010 8:43:49 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

“One can never have too many guns, ammo, or knives.”

I’m not sure I understand the phrase “too much ammunition.” For your next post, please write in “American”. ;-) I remember a news story about a house fire that spread to the garage where, the news reporter breathlessly announced, the owner had a thousand rounds of ammunition. I was just embarrassed for the poor guy - Imagine, only having that little on hand.....


17 posted on 03/16/2010 8:46:02 AM PDT by Pecos
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To: exbrit

“In a very mild voice he said, ‘this is your day. You are too old to be alive anyway.’”

He probably got tired of paying for her social security. ;-D

Why can’t these old people lay down and die like they are supposed to? (Hey wait! I’m old also! Never mind!)


18 posted on 03/16/2010 8:50:55 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: SierraWasp; tubebender

SIERRA VISTA granny scares off bad guy with her pistol.

Hey Wasp, is she related to you?


19 posted on 03/16/2010 8:54:24 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: exbrit

Fantastic!
Too bad she missed.


20 posted on 03/16/2010 9:03:22 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: waxer1

It was in the Herald - I guess the newsreader on the morning radio news didn’t mention it?

I don’t know how valid the comment was, but the local newspaper said that the perp managed to wrest the gun from granny but was unable to use it before the Wal-Mart employees subdued him.

The Herald article also said that SVPD was on scene within about a minute of the call. That’s not surprising, since there is almost always a cruiser in that area of town.


21 posted on 03/16/2010 9:04:05 AM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: AZHSer

But, it was in the Herald on Sunday morning, I believe...


22 posted on 03/16/2010 9:04:43 AM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: HiJinx

On line or paper copy? I didn’t see it on line


23 posted on 03/16/2010 9:07:03 AM PDT by AZHSer
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To: AZHSer

Paper copy. That may explain the discrepancy...


24 posted on 03/16/2010 9:11:40 AM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: jessduntno

His utterance constitutes a hate crime. They should add an enhancement onto his sentance....bet they don’t. Good for her:-)


25 posted on 03/16/2010 9:25:35 AM PDT by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: HiJinx

Thx. Found it.

http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2010/03/12/arrest-follows-robbery-try

Update here:
http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2010/03/14/additional-charges-robbery-try

I should search before posting!


26 posted on 03/16/2010 9:26:35 AM PDT by AZHSer
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To: HighlyOpinionated

i have heard that glock can be holstered in such a way as to allow it to automatically chamber the round as it is pulled from the holster. i would think that is dangerous but it could speed up the process.


27 posted on 03/16/2010 9:33:02 AM PDT by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: HiJinx

One thing about Sierra Vista, there are law enforcement everywhere here.


28 posted on 03/16/2010 10:21:34 AM PDT by waxer1 ( "The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests." -Andrew Jackson)
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To: waxer1

Don’t even add on the DPS, DHS, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, etc., etc., etc.


29 posted on 03/16/2010 10:30:50 AM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: exbrit

Keeper!!


30 posted on 03/16/2010 10:33:16 AM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Frankly, I think it’s better. You can expect an ol’ Nam vet not to take crap, but a little old lady pulling out and USING her gun in self-defense?!


31 posted on 03/16/2010 10:35:16 AM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Ladysmith; stephenjohnbanker
but a little old lady pulling out and USING her gun in self-defense?!

Well now, think about it...Tombstone, AZ is just a few miles down the road from here.
We have certain traditions to uphold, don't ya' know?

32 posted on 03/16/2010 10:40:39 AM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: HiJinx

“Well now, think about it...Tombstone, AZ is just a few miles down the road from here.
We have certain traditions to uphold, don’t ya’ know? “

My daughter and grandson just left my house 20 minutes ago.

Destination?

Tombstone, AZ LOL!!


33 posted on 03/16/2010 10:53:48 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Ladysmith

“You can expect an ol’ Nam vet not to take crap, but a little old lady pulling out and USING her gun in self-defense?!”

You have a point.

I luv em both!


34 posted on 03/16/2010 10:56:47 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: exbrit

Did you see the comments after this story?

My mother is 81. I’d like to send her down to Tucson to beat some sense into “Ed” with her cane.


35 posted on 03/16/2010 11:17:22 AM PDT by dbwz (DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Hey, it’s a wonderful vacation destination!

The sun is very warm today, but the wind is biting. Long sleeves are definitely called for; a windbreaker may become necessary.

Not to worry, it’s all for sale at the shops along Allen St.


36 posted on 03/16/2010 1:25:48 PM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: dbwz

Poor ol’ Ed - he’s a liberal and jus’ cain’t he’p it...


37 posted on 03/16/2010 1:31:08 PM PDT by HiJinx (Don't drink downstream from the herd. Yuck...)
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To: VRWCmember

LOL, point well taken...


38 posted on 03/16/2010 2:10:11 PM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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To: pandoraou812
She said, "If I go naturally or to a sickness or something, fine. I'm ready to go, but I'm not ready to let some idiot like that take me out."

Yeah, too bad she didn't shoot him but she's got the right attitude.

39 posted on 03/16/2010 2:11:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: VRWCmember
Next time you're at the range, try pulling a gun out of a purse and hitting a target while somebody is BEATING YOU WITH A STICK! Most of us don't include this in our target practice regimen.

That's right and it's hard to simulate being 82 years old too unless you've already been there.

40 posted on 03/16/2010 2:17:41 PM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Grampa Dave
"Hey Wasp, is she related to you?"

Well, if so, I sure want her on my side!!!

41 posted on 03/16/2010 6:40:16 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Hey Democrats! Stop tryna jerk everybody around by their healthcare!!! Especially you, 0bama!!!)
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To: hoosierham

A self defense semi automatic should have a round chambered.

A revolver is a very difficult firearm to hit with in Double Action. A semi automatic is much easier. You have to take that in consideration when choosing what to use.


42 posted on 03/16/2010 7:02:20 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: exbrit
"In a very mild voice he said, 'this is your day. You are too old to be alive anyway.'"

A classic example of why one must never bother an old dog. Might still have one good bite left!

43 posted on 03/16/2010 8:02:07 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
Maybe I need to get another gun. One can never have too many guns, ammo, or knives.

Well, I'd say it's more important to carry locked and loaded because an unloaded firearm is nothing more than a paperweight. But still you're correct: One can never have too many guns, ammo or knives. Just be sure you handle them correctly so as to be able to successfully defend yourself when you need to. As my favorite book character, Lazarus Long says: Live and learn, or don't live long. See the works of Robert A. Heinlein.

44 posted on 03/16/2010 8:08:23 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

If you’re carrying for self defense, you should have one in the pipe already or it’s useless. Don’t feel quit comfortable with the safety features on the glock, then get something else. Personally, I don’t like them, I know it’s unlikely something will depress the little trigger pressure safety but that being the only thing between me and “bang” isn’t quite enough.


45 posted on 03/17/2010 6:24:54 AM PDT by C0y0Te
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