A 63-year-old Louisiana grandmother prayed to God as she shot down the teenage home invader who dared to rob her for the second time in a month, KSLA 12 reports.
Elzie Pipkins told the news station that the boy, 16-year old Devon Antonio White, forced himself inside of her Shreveport home in December demanding cash from her safe. The senior citizen said the boy had stolen cash and a gun from her before, but she bought a new firearm after the robbery.
As she opened her safe and realized that it a small amount of money inside, she began fearing for her life and those of her granddaughter and great grandson.
“And as I was unlocking the safe and I prayed to God to give me strength, to get through this, it’ll be me or him,” Pipkins said. “And that’s when I fired my gun and hit him with the first round.”
Here more on how the robbery unfolded:
She tells KSLA News 12 she got the drop on the alleged robber when she distracted him by handing him the bag of money with one hand. With the other hand, she says she shot the sixteen year- old in the chest.
She says this is the second time the young man robbed her in her own home. The last time this happened she says he stole her gun and some money. But she bought another gun.
This time when the shotgun wielding man reportedly barged into her home, her gun was in the safe – a tactical advantage she would use without even thinking.
“And I said here you go, and he let go of one hand off his gun, because it was pointed right at me, and reached for the bag of coins, and that’s when I fired my gun, and hit him with the first round,” said the woman. She says after a brief struggle, he ran.
Police found the young man a short distance away from the home after he had collapsed. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“55 dollars in coins, and he lost his life,” said the tearful woman. She says her heart goes out to his family, and that she never intended to kill the young man.
“I did what any parent or loved one would do and that’s try to protect her own,” Pipkins told The Shreveport Times in an interview about the shooting.
The shooting is still under investigation, but she will not be charged with a crime.