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Retired widow holds burglary suspect at gun point
WRCB 3 News ^ | Mar. 5, 2013 | Callie Starnes

Posted on 03/05/2013 10:12:08 AM PST by EXCH54FE

CHEROKEE COUNTY, NC (WRCB) -- A man, wanted in Georgia, returned to the scene of his crime only to find himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

The woman holding it: a retired widow who says she wasn't letting the man who stole from her get away.

"Never did I feel scared," Sue Johnson says. "I was prepared to take care of myself."

Sue Johnson came home to find she had been robbed.

"I got in from church and there was a mess everywhere," says Johnson.

But it wasn't until two days later she came face to face with the man who stole a shot gun, cell phone and medication from her house.

"There was a knock on my door," Johnson says. "He was standing there with about a three foot long stick."

Sue says 26-year-old Nathaniel Leatherwood returned to apologize.

"So I just pulled my gun out of my pocket and said I'm calling the sheriff's office," Johnson explains. "They're going to come pick you up. I'm not going to let this happen to an old, retired lady who lives alone."

Sheriff Keith Lovin arrived on scene, relieved Sue was not harmed.

"I hugged her neck and told her she's my hero," says Sheriff Lovin.

Just a few weeks earlier, the sheriff taught a gun safety course at Sue's church.

He says all citizens should be prepared.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
You just got to love Tennessee!!
1 posted on 03/05/2013 10:12:11 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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2 posted on 03/05/2013 10:18:53 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: MestaMachine

Retired Widow....does that mean she is remarried????

3 posted on 03/05/2013 10:24:50 AM PST by Youngman542012
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Well, Tennessee is indeed a fine place with much to love, but this actually happened in NC, just across the state line. Cherokee County (North Carolina) is in the area where NC, Tenn., SC and Georgia are all withing spitting distance of each other.

I know the area well, having spent 4+ years there. Folks know how to use their guns pretty well and this moron had to be pretty stupid to try to break in someone’s house, even an elderly widow!

Granny packin’ heat ping!

4 posted on 03/05/2013 10:46:34 AM PST by Littlejon
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To: Youngman542012

No, I think it means the dead husband came back to life and she is still collecting his Social Security benefits.

5 posted on 03/05/2013 10:52:09 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Littlejon

Ah; that part of NC actually belongs to Tennessee anyway. Don’t fight it. :)

6 posted on 03/05/2013 10:54:14 AM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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Yep, you gotta hand it to her. Now, if only I could get Mrs. OldPossum to at least shoot one of the two guns I have given her.

7 posted on 03/05/2013 10:55:28 AM PST by OldPossum
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I guess the burglar didn’t spend enough time with the “no hesitation” targets that DHS is drilling with.

8 posted on 03/05/2013 11:02:27 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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