An eight-month pregnant Florida woman fatally shot one of two intruders that attacked her husband and daughter inside their home in the Tampa suburb of Lithia last week.
The pregnant mother took action Wednesday when a pair of home invaders entered her family’s home and pistol-whipped her husband in the head, according to Bay News 9. While her husband was down and being kicked by the attackers, the woman reportedly ran to her bedroom to retrieve an AR-15.
“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it,” King said. “[My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me.“
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“They came in heavily hooded and masked,” said the husband, Jeremy King. “As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter.”
The attack occurred around 9 p.m. when the home invaders began demanding money. King said he told the attackers he had nothing for them.
When King refused their demands he said, “It became real violent, real fast.”
He said one of the attackers continued striking him with the pistol while the other kept kicking him. One of the attackers also shot at King’s pregnant wife when she peaked to see what was happening.
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him.” King said.
After the gunshot, the pair of attackers ran off.
“He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”
Police who were called around the time of the attack found the fatally man where he had ultimately collapsed and died.
Police began a search for the second home invader who had run off when the first home invader had been shot.
“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it,” King said of the attack. “(My wife) evened the playing field and kept them from killing me.”
For his injuries, King said he received a concussion, a fractured eye socket and a fractured sinus cavity. He received 20 stitches and three staples to his head.
King said he did not recognize the attackers or know why they were in his home.
According to a prior reporting by Bay News 9, investigators don’t believe the break-in was a random occurrence.
“I would encourage if any of the neighbors see any suspicious vehicles or anybody walking around the neighborhood that they do not recognize to please call 911,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Major Frank Losat. “Do not approach this person as they might be armed if any vehicles are sitting in your driveway that does not look familiar please call us.”