PUTNAM COUNTY, WV — When one grandmother woke up to the sound of a man trying to break into her bedroom window, she didn’t take it with grace — I’m not even sure she took it with fear.
Just pure, unbridled fury.
WSAZ 3 reports the incredible story on how one Yvonda “Bonnie” Gatens scared a would-be intruder so badly that he fell over without firing a shot:
Gatens lives off Showen Hill Road in Putnam County. She and her late husband built their home 40 years ago. After she heard the noise at the window, she called 911 and grabbed her gun.
“I told him ‘you’re going to die’ and he fell over to the side,” Gatens explained to WSAZ.
Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the woman’s call, but they were unable to find the person. Despite losing a sense of security, Gatens is relieved everything ended up OK. Now she’s encouraging her neighbors to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
“If you come in here, it’s going to be you or me, and I’ll see to it that it won’t be me!” Gatens said.
I’m sure that most of us (myself included) have been threatened by someone whose feathers got a little too ruffled, be it as a sports bar, bad case of road rage, what have you.
Although that’s never good, more often than not the belligerent is sent on his way by a bouncer, or he or she speeds off down the freeway. The point is — they’re blowhards, and of little concern as often as not.
Now when a grandma tells you “you’re going to die,” she’s not bluffing you. You better leave her the heck alone.
I’m glad no one had to be shot this Christmas Eve at the Gatens residence.
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