This is the reason why I support gun ownership. I was against it until I became a mom. My shooting instructor told me:," when someone enters your house without your permission, they are there to do you harm. not to visit. It is you or them. Do what you need to do to protect your children. If the shot kills him - Too bad, so sad."
Teen widow who shot dead home invader who 'wanted her late 58-year-old husband's meds' WON'T face charges
- Sarah McKinley, 18, lost husband to lung cancer on Christmas Day
- Shot dead intruder on New Year's Eve who broke in carrying 12-inch knife and was allegedly after dead husband's drugs
- McKinley had sold all but two of husband's guns to cover funeral costs
Last updated at 5:46 PM on 6th January 2012
Justin Martin, pictured, was shot dead by Sarah McKinley as he tried to break in to her house
The man was looking for the prescription drugs belonging to Sarah McKinley's dead husband, an affidavit released on Wednesday revealed.
Ms McKinley's 58-year-old husband Kenneth had died from lung cancer on Christmas Day, leaving behind their three-year-old son Justin, and an arsenal of cancer medications.
Justin Martin, 24, was addicted to prescription drugs, his friend told police, and was looking for his next fix.
Painkillers had gone missing from their home in recent weeks, Ms McKinley said, and suspected someone was breaking in.
The young widow told NewsOK.com that it is not customary to lock one’s doors in the rural community of Blanchard, Oklahoma.
Martin knew Mr McKinley had recently died of cancer and suspected there were more narcotics in the house, 29-year-old Dustin Stewart told police.
Ms McKinley said Martin had knocked on her door the night of her husband’s funeral when it was ‘pitch black out.’
She didn’t recognise him but said he was acting strangely. Once he realised she had company, he left.
Make my day: Sarah McKinley shot and killed an intruder on New Year's Eve to save her three-month-old son, as reenacted for Good Morning America
During that time, she was on the phone with two 911 dispatchers.
‘When I saw him come in, I saw something flash in his hand. I told 911 I was going to shoot and I did. And he just fell over the couch.
‘When someone breaks into your house with a deadly weapon, they aren’t here for anything good,’ she said, holding baby Justin on her lap.
An obituary for Martin said he was a 2005 graduate of Mustang Public Schools and worked as a rancher. Friends and family knew him as Curly.
Leftovers: Martin's accomplice Dustin Stewart (pictured) told police Martin knew Kenneth McKinley had died of cancer and probably had prescription drugs still in their home. Stewart is facing first-degree murder charges
'When someone breaks into your house with a deadly weapon, they aren’t here for anything good.'-Sarah McKinley
He continued: ‘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.’
But it is Stewart, and not Ms McKinley, who is facing first-degree murder charges, CNN reports.
‘When you’re engaged in a crime such as first-degree burglary and death results from the events of that crime, you’re subject to prosecution for it,’ Assistant District Attorney James Walters told the Oklahoman.
But he said about Ms McKinley: 'Our initial review of the case doesn't indicate she violated the law in any way.'
Worried: McKinley said her husband's pain medication had gone missing in recent weeks, and thought someone was breaking into her mobile home
Mr McKinley had taught her how to shoot, she said. Though he was 40 years her senior, she says she’s not ashamed she married him. ‘I still love him with everything I am,’ she said.
The couple began living together three years ago and obtained a marriage licence in November.
Mother on the edge: Sarah McKinley said it was either the intruder or her son, 'and it wasn't going to be my son'
While on the phone with 911, the young mother shot and killed one of the intruders with a 12-gauge shotgun after he passed the threshold.
After her husband’s funeral the previous week, a man named Justin Martin stopped by Ms McKinley’s house, claiming he was a neighbour and only wanted to introduce himself.
Ms McKinley, 18, was suspicious. She said he was calling late at night, when it was ‘pitch black outside.’
Martin returned on New Year’s Eve, this time in the middle of the day and armed with a hunting knife and an accomplice – 29-year-old Dustin Stewart.
The new mother told KOCO News that the men started knocking aggressively on her door, Martin in front and Stewart in the back.
Tragic loss: She lost her 58-year-old husband Kenneth (pictured) to lung cancer on Christmas
She also barricaded the front door with a sofa.
'I’ve got two guns in my hand... is it okay to shoot him if he comes in the door?'
-Sarah McKinley to 911 Dispatcher
‘I’ve got two guns in my hand – is it okay to shoot him if he comes in the door?’ she said.
‘I’m in here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?’
Smaller family: Sarah McKinley proved that she could still manager herself, her family, and her home
Ms McKinley was on the phone with two dispatchers - which represented two neighbouring counties - for a total of 21 minutes.
Around 2pm, Martin kicked in the door and Ms McKinley shot him once in the torso. Since police said the shooting was in self-defence, she will not be charged.
Bloodied: Police found Justin Martin, 24, slumped over this couch. He was pronounced dead at the scene. McKinley said he was brandishing a hunting knife
MAKE MY DAY LAW
Castle Doctrine - colloquially called the Make My Day Law from the 1983 Clint Eastwood film Sudden Impact – are legislated by individual states. Not all states have the law, which allow people to defend themselves in their homes. Oklahoma law states that anyone unlawfully entering a person’s home can be defended against by using physical or deadly force. The law was recently expanded in Oklahoma to include businesses.
He’s being held in Grady County jail on felony murder charges and will be arraigned later today, NewsOK.com reports.
Detective Dan Huff told KOCO-TV that under some circumstances, shooting a person is permissible.
‘You’re allowed to shoot an unauthorised person that is in your home,’ he said.
'The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force.
The Oklahoma Castle Doctrine, otherwise known as the Make My Day law, states you can only shoot an intruder if they have entered your home.
Attorney Doug Frieson told Newson6.com that the law always protects someone in their home, no matter the circumstances.
‘The simple fact that you’re unauthorised in the home is enough that allows the homeowner to use deadly force.’
Long and winding road: A mile-long gravel drive leads to Sarah McKinley's home in Blanchard, Oklahoma
‘It was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son,’ she said. She added: ‘There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.’
'It was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn't going to be my son.'-Sarah McKinley
Grady County Sheriff Art Kell told MailOnline that a shooting case like this is rare. ‘Around the state, maybe two to three people get shot,’ he said.
He said there are three deputies to cover the county’s 12,000 square miles, meaning a response could hardly be immediate.
Mr Kell added: ‘When (our dispatcher) got the call, we need to get more information, what’s the reason for the guy outside.’
Since Ms McKinley was calling from a cell phone, her exact location was hard to pinpoint. But, he added, ‘the deputy was en route within seven minutes.’
A moment of calm: Grady County dispatcher Diane Graham kept McKinley calm throughout the ordeal
Mr Kell said one of his dispatchers, Diane Graham, handled the call 911 call.
‘I knew she was scared because she was whispering,’ Ms Graham, a 911 dispatcher from the Grady County Sheriff’s Office told KFOR-TV.
‘Anything can be serious in a moment’s notice, so you need to believe what they say when they call and get the help to them as quick as you can,’ Ms Graham explained.
She stayed on the phone with the scared mother before transferring her to the Blanchard Police.
Ms McKinley was gracious to the dispatchers for helping her in the difficult situation. ‘The 911 dispatcher was awesome,’ she told KFOR-TV. ‘I was feeding off her and she was calm, so I could be calm.’
Kindness from strangers: Those wishing to help have given Ms McKinley bags of clothes for her son
The attack, as new reports reveal, may have been premeditated. Ms McKinley’s mother told Newson6.com that Martin stalked her daughter at a rodeo two years ago.
The two have since bumped into each other at a nearby convenience store. Ms McKinley said she didn’t know who he was until after the shooting, when she pieced everything together.
In addition, two of her dogs were recently found dead.
Ms McKinley is touched by the kindness. She told KFOR-TV: ‘You don’t realise how many good people there are until tragedy happens and then they step forward.
'Kinda lose faith in the human race, but when people help, it puts that back in.’
SARAH MCKINLEY'S 911 CALL TO GRADY COUNTY SHERIFFDISPATCHER: What's going on?
SARAH MCKINLEY: There's a guy at my door. I’ve got some dogs that keep coming up missing. This guy’s up to no good. My husband just passed away. I’m here by myself with my infant baby. Can I please get a dispatch out here immediately?
DISPATCHER: Hang with me a second. Are your doors locked?
SARAH MCKINLEY: Yes, I’ve got two guns in my hands. Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?
DISPATCHER: Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself. I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby. Is he trying to get in the door?
SARAH MCKINLEY: He just keeps knocking.
DISPATCHER: Okay. Alright. Do you have like an alarm on your car that you can set off with your remote control that might scare him and get him away?
SARAH MCKINLEY: No, I don’t.
DISPATCHER: Alright, that’s okay.(rustling)
The dispatcher then transfers Ms McKinley to a neighbouring county. That call was not recorded.