Pregnant Woman With Shotgun Thwarts Burglars

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s the last thing two burglary suspects expected to hear when they broke into a Coon Rapids home. From within the house came the unmistakable sound of a pump shotgun. At the other end of that gun was a 22-year-old woman who is nine weeks pregnant.

The young woman asked not to be identified because the two suspects are still at large. However, she says when the men ignored her barking pit bull and black lab, and broke through a kitchen door, she had no other choice but to chamber a round into the 12-gauge shotgun.

There’s perhaps no other sound that commands as much respect and fear. The young woman at the business end of that gun was home alone and prepared to protect herself.

It all happened in broad daylight on Monday afternoon. That’s when the first man walked up to her kitchen door and began pounding and ringing the doorbell. He was clearly checking to see if anyone was home.

The woman recalls, “He started ringing the doorbell, probably 50 times, fast — ding, ding, ding, ding!”

The woman, who is nine weeks pregnant, was feeling sick and was in her bed. Not expecting anyone to visit, she called her boyfriend and then phoned police.

“About three minutes later, my dogs started barking again and I looked out the window and now there are two guys standing outside my home,” the woman recalled.

Within mere seconds, she heard the loud “bang” of the kitchen door being kicked open. With footsteps coming her way, she quietly stepped upstairs.

“So then I hustled up the stairs to grab our gun, and I came down and I loaded it and cocked it,” said the homeowner.

With a single pump of her 12-gauge shotgun, the would-be burglars bolted out the door and through the backyard.

“Yes, a shotgun racking is something you don’t forget if you’ve ever heard one. So, it frightened these two suspects off right away, they took off running,” said Coon Rapids Police Captain John Hattstrom.

They ran across the backyard and into a nearby church parking lot where they were seen getting into a two-door, newer model automobile. But they didn’t escape without notice. The woman was able to get a long look at the two and provided police with a description.

A police sketch of one of the men shows him wearing a slight beard and wearing a dark cap. He is described as in his mid-20s, about 5’8″ to 5’10” tall and weighing around 160 pounds. He was wearing a tan-color Carhartt-style jacket with a fur-like collar, dark jeans and possibly dark work boots.

The other suspect is also a white male in his mid-20s and about 6’0″ tall. He was also unshaven and wearing a black or dark blue Carhartt-style jacket.

They were brazen would-be burglars who met their match, with a convincing sound.

“I’m pregnant and I wasn’t about to go down with nothing, with two men double my size and me here,” said the young woman.

Anyone with information is asked to call Coon Rapids Police at 763-767-6481 or after-hours at 763-427-1212.

A reward of up to $500 is being offered for information that leads to the men’s arrests.

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  • Archie

    Wish she would’ve had a chance to kill them, I like dead criminals!!! Good story with happy ending!!

  • Swamp Fox

    Nothing like the sound of a 12-gauge pump cycling a round that puts the fear of God into would be bandits. Also, this woman was using her Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights–the right to bear arms–to practical use. Too bad the brigands fled.

    Let’s hope the local constabulary get these guys before some other citizen actually puts his/her 12ga to good use. Don’t you love a story where the good citizens win?

    • jean

      yes yes yes, she rocks!

  • redwiser


    To the chitheads out there, you time is limited on this earth, you can punch the time clock of life early if you choose!


  • oatka

    OK, it didn’t happen to me, but IMO a shotgun would be more effective if kept with a shell in the chamber and the safety on.

    The way I see it, muzzle flash is appropriate warning to burglar(s).

    • jackactionhero

      If you feel the need to keep a loaded shotgun in your home, you may wish to consider relocation.

      • LauraSwany

        Nice comment Jack! I was thinking the exact same thing :)

      • Noodles

        If you really think that, maybe you’d be willing to pay her rent in a nice gated community. Maybe crime happens even in nice neighborhoods, too.

        • jackactionhero

          Not mine, Noodles.

          I frequently come home to discover that I never locked any of my doors when I left for work. We leave our cars unlocked in the driveway, and have our bicycles out on the front patio overnight often. Oddly, nothing ever gets taken.

          Must be just in your neighborhood, eh?

          • Noodles

            Nope. Pretty quiet neighborhood here, too. Almost as quiet as it was in Iowa, except for that one time when someone let themselves into our unlocked house and stole a bunch of things. As it turns out, leaving your doors unlocked is stupid, regardless of where you’re at. Probably not something you should tell other people about, either.

            But hey, not my house, not my possessions, keep them as secure or unsecured as you’d like. I’ll do the same with my both my property and my life. Because like they always say, you’ll probably never need a gun, but if you do, you’re bound to need it very, very badly.

    • Allen E. Booth

      I personally think it’s unsafe to store ammo inside a firearm. The ammo should only be inside the firearm when you are going to use it or think you might have to. That said, I see nothing wrong with keeping the ammo where you can get to it in a hurry and chambering a round or two when you need it.

      • jackactionhero

        That is a much safer route to go than to leave a round with the firing pin against the primer.

        • River

          If the shotgun magazine is loaded, there won’t be a round with the “firing pin against the primer”, and that shouldn’t happen to any functional shotgun even if it’s in the chamber.

        • Noodles

          If you’ve got a round in the magazine, the firing pin will not contact the primer, there’s no reasonable situation where it would. If you’ve got a round in the chamber of any shotgun I know of, the firing pin still won’t be able to contact the primer until the safety is taken off and the trigger is pulled. That she had racked the slide is evidence enough to suggest that, up until she perceived a threat, that the chamber was clear, which is quite safe; guns are incapable of firing with an empty chamber.

    • Curt58

      Not a good idea to keep a round in the chamber of a shotgun unless it’s a hanered fired shotgun.
      One, the spring that does make s it go bang can weaken stored this way and it is too easy to accidently fire the weapon.
      Two, Shotguns are not designed to be stored this way unlike some handguns.
      Maybe you should look into a DOA (double action only) handguns or revolver type handguns if you want a total stealth firearm.
      I assure you most Bad Guys know the sound of a Shotgun being RACKED!!
      Only a drugged out fool would hang around once they hear that sound.
      Three, it gives you a chance to send a message before you have to take al life.It only takes a second for a shotgun to be prepared to go BANG.
      Four, it may give you a warning should you have a young child in the house that they might be playing with your self defense tool.
      Teach Children that Loaded weapons are not toys. Take the nystery out of it and they will learn to respect guns. I taught my children that guns are dangerous and need to be respected. Never had an issue with them touching my guns without permission and guidance!
      Guns are tools, just like fire extinguishers. Handy to have when you need them.
      Because without them you could lose everything.
      And I taught my children how to use my fire extinguishers too!

  • Allen

    If Obama gets re-elected she will be in a much worse situation in the future. think about it before the charleton fools us again.!

    • Huh?

      And how exactly would Obama’s reelection put this woman in a much worse situation?

      Any facts about that you might want to share?

      Or should we just figure your opinion’s good enough?

      • Thomas

        Because Obama is clearly anti 2nd amendment or anything else to do with the constitution for that matter.

        • And so

          you have something to back this up? Other than your opinion, I mean.


          Didn’t think so. So much easier to flap yer yap like this.

          • Iowa Man

            It’s called Operation Fast and Furious. Will that work for you? But I’m sure you’re either unaware of this or have little or no knowledge of the motive behind it.

            • Jim

              The old “Obama is coming for our guns” meme is lame and preposterous. No one is falling for it.

              • ponyneck

                Not true.. He actually showed up at my door just the other day & took my guns. Up until then I just thought it was a bunch of GOP propaganda. Turns out it’s not. Was alright though, He posed for a pic & signed a bunch of stuff. Wasn’t a total loss

                • LauraSwany

                  LMAO! Awesome retort!

              • Noodles

                He seems to have himself convinced.

            • Pat

              Fast and Furious, has nothing to do with your rights to own a gun. It was a failed backfired mission by this government to try and stop gang violence in Mexico and here. Please do more history checking before you comment on something. Besides Obama wasn’t the only President to do this type of mission. I am not a Obama fan, but don’t blame him for something that has been done before him.

              • Rae Ann Pointer

                Sure it does. If the goal had been to “stop gang violence in Mexico and here” the BATFE agents in charge would not have given the order for their field agents to CEASE pursuit of the straw buyers. In a couple of cases the Field Agents that blew the whistle on F and F even followed straw buyers ON THEIR OWN and against orders. I would suggest you follow your own advice and do more history checking before you comment on something you apparently don’t know much about. Suggestion, don’t rely on only one source of media for your “facts”.

            • Rae Ann Pointer

              LIke you said Iowa Man, they are either unaware or have little or no knowledge of the motive behind it.

  • oatka

    How much of a hero would she have been – risking her unborn child for material goods?

    Typical liberal hogwash. What you are asking this woman to do is expect mercy from the merciless and be totally dependent upon their whim. What if they wanted a little “fun” besides all the material goods?

    If you are married, or have a girlfriend, I hope you don’t infect her with your foolishness.

    • Aaron

      no need to turn it into a political statement. Her thought is valid and her own opinion I’m an AK carrying liberal and proud of it… and i’m proud to live in a country where a woman can protect herself with a gun while another can question it…. Also this country allows you to call it “liberal hogwash” even though you are fully wrong to infer that persons simple “what if” statement into political BS…

  • TL the alligator

    yo swampfox….on the contrary, lets hope another citizen DOES confront them again only this time they get shot and are permanently out of commision……THAT would be the best case scenario…..and to G Dog, your question is that of an imbecile….and nobody is calling her a hero either.

  • Dude!!

    I’m a liberal and I’m all for it. If it’d been me there wouldn’t have been two guys running out my back door.

    Don’t lump us all together like that.

  • Bunny

    If men target a house, ignoring big dogs, and break in knowing that there is a woman inside, do you really believe that they are going to simply rob the woman, then politely leave?

    Because common sense and human nature say otherwise.

    Why do you think women shouldn’t defend themselves against rapists, thieves and murderers?

    Should women submit to torture and violent death so that criminals can look back later and laugh?

    Why does that make sense to you?

  • Sam I am

    OMG you can’t possibly be serious, she was protecting HERSELF and unborn child you liberal POS moron.

    In case you forgot you have the right to defend yourself.

  • bill

    Oh couse the cops didnt catch the guys, they are too busy locking up occupy minnesota people!!!!!!!

    • rich

      She lives in Coon Rapids dumb a**, still its too bad she didnt blow them both away and rid us of the dirtbags

  • bill

    whos side are you on anyway

  • DeeDee

    You know what… people are tired of thugs running the show. That young woman was at home minding her own business and two useless f’s break in her home.. if they had that much time to be robbing people, they should have been out job hunting or trying to go to school and learn something. She protected her home- exactly what she had the right to do. This mess happened in broad daylight.. if she hadn’t had that gun, no tellling what else those men would have done. If they didn’t have respect for her home you know dang well that they wouldn’t have had respect for this woman nor her unborn child. You go, girl and make sure to keep the bullets handy.

  • stung4ever

    Remember, the police are only minutes away.

    When your life can be taken away in a few seconds.

    • Guy

      If its the Coon Rapids PD – make that about a half-hour away.

      Thats the usual response time for them.

  • rich

    I will rely on my guns before relying on the cops being “minutes away

  • GCN

    You’re an idiot. Where did you hear this? Check your facts.

  • Jake

    When you load that gauge, make sure it has at least #4 BUCKSHOT loads in them, so they will do the MOST GOOD. No, they don’t have to be MAGNUMS, just make sure that they aren’t birdshot, that they are #4 buckshot. That means that some neighborhood ‘doctor’ can’t take care of them, that they will need a REAL DOCTOR, so there will be some sort of official record as to their ‘care’.

    • jackactionhero

      At the range we’re talking about – in a home – it doesn’t matter what load you fire from a 12 guage. A BB load would tear a person to bits from 3 yards away.

      • Noodles

        Don’t count on it. If you’re willing to look, there’s pictures out there showing people who’ve been shot, point blank, with birdshot. The wounds are brutal but mostly superficial. There was a story of someone who was shot three times at close range with BB shot during a carjacking, including one to the forehead, who survived without severe injuries.

        • jackactionhero

          Ok, well I’ve shot BB load 12 guage rounds through dead trees in the woods like they were going through paper, but ballistics are very subjective.

          In any case, I’d be willing to wager that if a woman shot two dipstick whities in their 20s with bird shot that they’d go down one way or another.

          • Jake

            At 15-20 feet, a 12 gauge with #4 buckshot will go through a 2″ thick solid wood door like a blowtorch thru butter. The hole will be about 9-12″ in diameter. That means that you can shoot thru walls if you have to, to get the perp. Dead perps tell no lies.

  • Jake

    I shoot a 12 GAUGE that shoots either pump OR semi auto, and can blast through anything smaller than an army apc. You can kick my doors down, but, even with armored vests, you will have a slim chance against my shotgun. The shotgun has been a primary military weapon since WWI. Resist it at your own risk.


    If they anti-gun people had it their way, this story could have a much different ending.

  • Jake

    gdog, u must be one of the most stupid beings still living on the planet that God ever created. For real?? “What if the burglar had shot her in the stomach and killed her and her unborn child??” FOR REAL?? WELL gdog, it would have been like DOUBLE PREMEDITATED MURDER, you IDIOT. Exactly WHAT ELSE COULD YOU CALL IT?? A date gone BAD?? When will you ever grow a BRAIN??

  • lassywalker

    The woman did right . The men did wrong.

  • Jake

    gdog, I tried to explain it better, but wdfl wouldn’t let me, so let me be brief:
    You are a COMPLETE IDIOT.

  • River

    Yeah, she ought to have jumped out the second story window, risking grievous injury to her and her child, and hope they don’t catch her.

    Anyways, you’re wrong. MN has no duty to retreat from one’s own abode, or during the commission of a felony, before using deadly force.

  • Mark Legerski

    Great Story. I just wondering if the shell she ejected and latter chambered were live rounds in the clip. Live or empty shell not a very bright idea for a sound effect.

    • jackactionhero

      The clip? Have you ever handled a firearm?

  • Roy

    Me thinks she had a chicken shi pit bull if all he did was bark. A good pit bull would have had his teeth in the guy and he wouldn’t have run

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