A Glenville-area woman stopped a home invader in his tracks when she leveled her large-caliber handgun at him Thursday morning, police said.
It was about 7:45 a.m. when a man started kicking at the door of a home in the 7700 block of Glenville Road in Manheim Township, eventually managing to kick in the door and walk into the living room, Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said.
The only resident home at the time was a 31-year-old woman, who called 911 and grabbed her legally owned weapon, he said.
She confronted the intruder in her living room, pointed the gun at him and told him not to come any closer.
"It certainly would have stopped him in his tracks if she had used it," Bean said. "It was very traumatic for her, but she was also very confident in her (gun-handling) abilities — and she used every one of them that morning."
Police said the woman has trained with the weapon many times.
The intruder, later identified as Cory R. Gootee, 19, of Stewartstown, obeyed her order and walked out of her home, police said.
Responding officers found him standing on a neighbor's porch; he appeared to be intoxicated, Bean said.
Their investigation determined he was visiting a friend who lives near the woman and became disoriented after leaving that the house to smoke a cigarette, police said. It appears Gootee thought he was kicking the door of his friend's home, police said.
The victim told police she only wanted minor charges filed against Gootee, and wanted him to pay for door repairs, police said.
He was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to Bean.
Had the woman shot and killed the intruder, she would have had state law — commonly called castle doctrine — on her side, the chief said.
"Legally, you don't have to ask questions," Bean said. "But she took the time to try to understand what was happening (despite the fact) she definitely was in fear for her safety."
The woman's name was not released.
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