Lake County woman shoots ex-boyfriend breaking into her home
A Lake County woman says she was forced to open fire on an ex-boyfriend who was trying to break into her home.
Deputies said the shooting happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday at Rhonda Webb’s Altoona home.
“She states she is afraid for her life, she was in fear,” Sgt. Fred Jones of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office documented accusations that Webb’s boyfriend had been stalking and harassing her.
Webb, 49, called 911 early Wednesday morning, saying that the man had shown up at her home again, uninvited and without warning.
According to deputies, neighbors heard the man trying to make his way into the Webb’s house.
She told investigators that she had no choice but to shoot as he broke in. She said she shot him in the stomach.
A few months ago, Webb told a judge that she felt like a “prisoner” in her own home.
In a petition for an injunction, she wrote that the man, described as an on-again, off-again boyfriend, would show up at her home, often in the middle of the night.
The judge denied her petition for an injunction, saying Webb had failed to prove her case and that the stalking complaints needed to be handled bydeputies.
Ms. Webb did the right thing by preparing to defend herself against this madman. Consider first that she turned to the authorities and asked a judge to help by means of a restraining order. Obviously a restraining order is just a piece of paper that would probably not have kept his creep out of her life, but she tried to do it their way first.
After the judge denied her request she did what any other person should have done; prepare to defend herself with a firearm. When her stalker boyfriend showed back up in the middle of the night and tried to force his way into her home she did what she had to do.
It is encouraging to hear the support of neighbors and local police in her defensive gun use. No one blames this women or feels she took excessive action against someone who was clearly intent on putting her life in jeopardy. Perhaps now that this man has been shot while actively trying to harm Ms. Webb, the judge will finally issue that piece of paper that is supposed to make him stay away.
Although I think a bullet to the gut is probably the last warning he needs to stay away from his ex-girlfriend.