Police: 70 year-old woman with concealed handgun license saved lives by shooting armed robber
By Chad D. Baus
Columbus news media are quoting police as saying a great-grandmother who shot an armed robber when he entered her hotel room with a gun may have saved the lives of her friends and family.
The incident happened at about 9:15 p.m. at the Continent Inn Motel at 6225 Zumstein Dr.
The door was standing open on a motel room. The suspect walked into the room, showed a firearm and started to rob several people who were in town for the Quarter Horse Congress, CPD said.
A 70-year-old woman pulled out a handgun and shot the robbery suspect, investigators said.
The suspect fled to the parking lot.
Columbus police arrived on the scene at about 9:20 and found the suspect in the lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the woman might have saved the lives of the people with her in the room.
The heroic robbery victim, who the Columbus Dispatch is reporting is an Ohio concealed handgun license-holder, was interviewed and released from custody, Police say she won't face charges, because the shooting is being considered an act of self-defense.
Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters an occupied home or temporary habitation (such as this woman's hotel room), or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.
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