Georgia Mother Shoots Home Intruder: 911 Tapes

Melinda Herman's husband calls his wife a hero, says, "she protected her kids."
1:56 | 01/09/13

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-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Herman says his wife Melinda is still shaken up this morning but he's glad -- -- the man who broke into their Georgia home and went after his family. My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible prepared. And gun owner. Yes -- we're -- -- right now record Florida. A lot of -- not a -- she was on the phone with -- Friday as he called 911 from work authorities released the tapes Tuesday here in California. Are you sure. -- if she opened that door execution should going to understand. Police say 32 year old Paul Slater probably thought no one was home -- used to crowbar to break into the house. They say he went after one of the nine year old twins as they ran upstairs and then broke through a locked bedroom. And a locked bathroom before finding the attic -- the kids and their mother were hiding. Art he'd stay in the attic -- -- in the bedroom. Cash cash black. Just remember everything that I showed you -- not talking Eric. She's armed with a 38 revolver drops the phone with her husband and starts firing. Cheshire and people shouldn't -- Pure again purely. Slater was shot five times in the face and neck but managed to stumble loud and drive away before crashing his SUV up the road. And spilling onto a neighbor's yard last year he served six months in jail for battery and has at least six other arrests on his record. It is your -- your neighbor's house OK and this is why it's okay. -- yes sir your life Deluca. This morning Slater is clinging to life at an Atlanta hospital unable to breathe on his own accused of burglary and unlawful entry. -- Harmon says his family doesn't apologize. -- her life is saved. Her kids' lives are saying. -- -- --

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