CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte woman is warning single women to protect themselves after an intruder kicked in the door of her Charlotte home in broad daylight Thursday.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, told Channel 9’s Brittney Johnson that she was at home around 11 a.m. getting ready for work when she heard someone banging on her door.
She said moments later, a man forced his way inside her home, on Fieldcrest Road.
“I heard 'bam-bam.' I’m thinking it’s bombs or something going off in [the] neighborhood,” the woman said.
The loud noise turned out to be a man kicking through her door.
The woman called 911 and confronted the intruder.
“I got my handgun and walked around the corner to see this person entering into my home. I asked, ‘Why are you trying to break into my home?’” she said.
She said when he didn’t respond, she pulled the trigger and fired six shots. The shots missed the man and pierced the wall. He ran from her house.
“I feel had I not had a weapon, I could have easily been on the news as someone who was killed; raped,” she said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Christopher Ervin, 26, in connection with the case. He is facing burglary charges.
The woman said that she has lived in her neighborhood for four years without any problems and that her neighbors look out for her.
She said she plans to go to the shooting range to practice and encourages other women to do the same.
“Please arm yourselves ... Crazy people out here in the middle of the day will kick in your steel door, and you have no recourse but to protect yourself,” the woman said.
Police said the woman will most likely not face charges for shooting at the intruder.
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