Lubbock woman drives off home invader with .357 Magnum - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock woman drives off home invader with .357 Magnum


Hours after an attempted burglary, a Lubbock woman is still terrified after she says a man tried to kick in her front door Tuesday morning.

Amanda Martinez, 28, says she was home alone in the 4600 block of Jarvis, when around 9 a.m. she heard someone kicking her door. Amanda says she walked to the door to look out the peephole and saw a man wearing a dark hoodie trying to kick open the door.

"I didn't know if he was going to kill me, I didn't know if he was going to rape me, or going tie me up... I didn't know what he was going to do," Amanda said. "I was just so terrified."

Scared for her life, Amanda ran to get her father's .357 Magnum handgun. "I grabbed the phone to call 911, and I had the gun in my other hand. I told him quit kicking I have a gun and I will shoot you. He proceeding to kick, and I shot one round," she said. "Then I just froze and fell to the ground."

The bullet went through the front door and broke the glass door outside. She doesn't believe the bullet hit the man because there were no traces of blood outside.

Amanda says she is diagnosed with epilepsy, and shortly after the police arrived she went into seizures because of the anxiety. She was taken to the hospital, but was released around 3 p.m.

This isn't the first time Amanda says someone has tried to break in. She says yesterday morning around the same time, someone was outside her door trying to pick the locks. Amanda says she ran to her bathroom and called 911, but by the time police got to her home the man was gone. The only reason she shot her gun, Amanda's husband says, is because yesterday her father told her, "If someone tries to break in, shoot them."

"Hopefully this opens their eyes. I have a gun, and I will shoot it if they come back," she said. "We're now looking into getting an alarm system put in."

So far police have not located the suspect that Amanda describes as Caucasian, or Hispanic with a light complexion. She says he was about 5 foot 7 in height wearing a dark blue or black hoodie.

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