Home Invasion, Home Defense
On December 31, 2011, Sarah McKinley, 18, of Blanchard, Oklahoma, recently widowed and mother of a three-month-old baby, called 911 to report a home invasion in progress at her mobile home. As soon as McKinley realized her home was being invaded, she barricaded the door with a couch, gave the baby a bottle, got her 12-gague and handgun, and called 911. McKinley told the dispatcher, "I've got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?" The dispatcher replied, "Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself," and then "I can't tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby." It took about 20 minutes for the men to break through the barricade. Then Justin Shane Martin (inset) reportedly attacked McKinley with a 12-inch hunting knife. McKinley fired, killing Martin, 24, who was found still clutching the knife in his gloved hand. The other assailant, Dustin Louis Stewart (pictured), 29, was not injured, and ran when he heard the gunshot, calling 911. Stewart told the dispatcher that he thought his friend had been shot, "I don't know what he was trying to do. I stood at the fence and told him to come on and I don't know what he did." Stewart turned himself in to police and was charged with murder, since he was involved in a felony in which someone was killed. The police did not charge McKinley.
McKinley's husband of two years had died on Christmas Day a week earlier of complications from lung cancer, and it is likely the robbers were expecting to find pain medication in the house.