Gaston Co. woman grabs gun, chases burglars away from home

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A Gaston County woman took matters into her own hands Tuesday morning when she said two men tried to break into her home.

Sabrina Flowe told Eyewitness News reporter Ken Lemon that she was inside her home on Rhyne Street when she heard something at the back of her home.

She said she grabbed her gun, went toward the back door and saw a man working to get into an enclosed porch area. Her husband taught her how to use the gun.

Flowe showed the gun and told the man to get out.

"I had my hand up like this where they could see it," Flowe said.

She said the man and another suspect ran off.

"They could have gotten in the house and got all my stuff," she said. "I'm glad I was home."

She said there was determined to protect a 1- and 4-year-old child inside the home.

"My only thought is to take care of my family," Flowe said. "Don't let somebody come in."

The perpetrator had something in his hand but Flowe couldn’t tell if it was a weapon.

"Told him basically, ‘Get the (expletive) out of my house.’"

Police set up a perimeter around her home on Rhyne Street and had K-9 units brought in to track down the suspects. Police have not made any arrests.

Stanley Middle School was placed on lockdown during the incident for about 15 minutes as a precaution. There were no problems at the school.