Police: 70-year-old woman shoots alleged burglar during home invasion
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — She may be 70-years-old, but Saturday morning Maxine Thompson of the West Poplar section of Philadelphia proved she is one great grandma you don’t want to mess with.
Around 4:30 a.m. she heard someone, who turned out to be a 43-year-old man, breaking in her back window.
“Next thing I know I could tell he was inside my house and he was running up the steps,” says Maxine Thompson.
She realized this was a home invasion and she was prepared to fight back.
Thompson explains that she took the gun she inherited from her mother off of the nightstand, “I snatched my gun and I started shooting at him and he ran down the steps and I ran down the step behind him and started shooting some more and he jumped out that window back the way he came in.”
Don’t mess with this great grandma! When a would-be home invader broke into 70-year-old Maxine Thompson’s Philadelphia house this morning she grabbed her gun and he left bleeding pic.twitter.com/7KBSBk3MGQ— Cleve Bryan CBS3 (@CleveBryan) May 5, 2018
She’s got bullet holes and blood in her home –but her attacker made out worse.
The man suffered 1 graze wound to the upper left arm during the break-in.
After the shooting, the man ran a couple of blocks to Broad and Brown Streets to a car wash.
Scared and bleeding, the would-be burglar called 911 to report being shot.
Police arrested the man and took him to Hahnemann University Hospital where he’s in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his upper arm.
Maxine Thompson is said to be very shaken, but otherwise okay.
She is a mother of a police officer.
And to anyone that would ever think of breaking into a senior’s home, Maxine Thompson has a message.
“They better think twice… Especially if she a Thompson.”