Having a concealed carry license may not guarantee your safety, but it sure does give you a defense measure that will make any criminal think twice. A poll conduct by NPR in 2016 found 56 percent of Americans feel safer with a weapon than without. We have heard of plenty of cases where a concealed weapon saved a life, so here’s another.
A Cincinnati woman is being lauded as a hero after she shot her ex-boyfriend who was trying to break into her home while her five children were upstairs asleep. At 4:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the unnamed woman heard a noise coming from one of her A/C window units in the front room.
As she approached the window, she discovered her ex-boyfriend, Dante Ruff, trying to rip out the unit in order to break in. According to Springfield News-Sun, the mother of five had a protective order at the time of the break-in as the two have had a violent past.
Ruff proceeded to kick the window unit out and tried to pull himself through the window. Thankfully, the woman had gotten a concealed carry permit after the two separated as she feared for her safety.
Once Ruff entered the residence, his ex-girlfriend opened fire on him, hitting him in the abdomen multiple times, WCPO reported.
Ruff was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Sgt. Andrew Fusselman, who works for the Cincinnati Police Department, gave an update to reporters who came to the home to cover the story.
“She’s pretty on edge, but she’s calming down now that we’re talking to her a little bit more,” Fusselman said. “The investigator is on scene, they’re asking more detailed questions than we are.”
Local prosecutor Joe Deters announced he will not be charging the woman. Instead, he applauded her.
“Thank goodness she had a concealed carry permit and was able to defend herself and her five children,” Deters said. “It is hard to image what might have happened to her or her children if she had not been able to protect herself and her family.”