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Woman turns tables on armed intruder in her home

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DENVER -- A mother in Denver is telling the story of how she fought off an armed man who broke into her home and attacked her.

The intruder is still on the run Wednesday night ... after she turned the tables on him.

This happened near 6th Avenue and Raleigh Street. The suspect had no idea just how powerful a mother's protective instinct can be. He found himself with her gun pointed at him, and the mother and her son escaped unharmed.

Mary Kelso says she and her young son were spending a quiet morning at home when a man knocked on the door.

"He said he knew my husband and asked me for his phone number."

She didn't recognize him, so she closed the door to get a pen and paper. That's when she says he burst through the door with his gun drawn.

"He let himself in ... took me to my bedroom at gunpoint."

But he didn't know that Mary had a gun, too.

"I have a concealed carry permit and a handgun and I immediately went for that. I grabbed my firearm and we both just aimed at each other but mine was in the case so I couldn't pull the trigger."

She says he threw her onto the bed.

"I immediately thought he was going to shoot me and I was trying to figure out how I was going to shoot him -- injured -- because my son was in the house."

Mary fought back, kicking him into the dresser.

"I grabbed my gun and reached around to hit him. We struggled with his gun ... I ended up pulling the trigger."

The bullet went through the bedroom wall into the bathroom. She doesn't think he was hit. Police scoured the area for clues.

The whole thing took just moments. Mary says she was just thinking about protecting herself and her son.

"You always have to fight in that situation because you never know what that person is there to do. So you have to do your best."

The intruder has the following description:

  • White male
  • 5'10"
  • 190 lbs.
  • Navy blue beanie
  • Grey hoodie
  • Jeans
  • Construction boots






  • Robert Gift

    What good is a gun in a case?
    Ours is has full magazine with one in the chamber and is cocked. (Is it OK to be permanently cocked?)
    Insert magazine fully into the handle (stored with magazine 1/2-inch out, the gun will not fire), switch off safety, squeeze handle safety and then it will fire when trigger is pulled.

    Lucky that the criminal did not shoot her.
    Best to just flee and scream.

  • freeaquila

    It’s very interesting how this was written. If the intruder would have shot her and/or her son, the headline would be have words like “gun” and “shooting” to influence a negative vibe towards firearms. This law abiding, stand up citizen probably saved her and her sons life with a firearm, but all she gets is “turns tables”.

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