The elderly are often threatened by criminals as they are seen as weak and unable to defend themselves. Attacks on seniors routinely appear in the news. But Marcia Black, a 75-year-old woman, made it clear that she was not a person to mess with, especially if her two grandchildren are around.
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Black was in her home near Huntsville, Alamaba, with her two grandchildren when she saw a man crash his car and rush towards her home. Not knowing his intentions, Black grabbed a hunting rifle and headed out the door to see what the man wanted.
“I walked out and said, ‘Can I help you?’ He said, ‘Yes ma’am, I’d like to use your phone,” Black explained. The man, who police later identified as Cameron Powers, started to come closer to the house, so Black fired a shot in the air to deter him from coming closer.
“I wanted to keep him at a distance. I didn’t intend to kill him. I just wanted him to think that I would shoot him,” she told WAAY-TV. “He wouldn’t get down so I shot in the air and he realized I meant business, so he got down to his knees.”
While Black had Powers on his knees in her driveway, she ordered her 15-year-old grandson to call 911, Fox News reported. When officers arrived on the scene, the man got off his knees and bolted into the nearby woods with the police hot on his tail.
“He feared the deputy more than he did my rifle and he jumped up and ran zig-zag right across the field,” she said with a laugh.
Powers was captured a short time later where he was subsequently arrested for auto theft and attempting to elude police. He is being held on $6,000 bond.
When asked if she was afraid, Black said: “I was just calm as can be. I knew I was in control.” One of Black’s grandaughters was impressed by what they saw her grandmother do. “That’s just amazing to me that I got to witness my grandmother in action.”