Fu­jian woman de­fends her­self, film goes vi­ral

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By AGEN­CIES

A trio of three armed home in­vaders in Ge­or­gia got a sur­prise they weren’t ex­pect­ing.

And a Chi­nese woman has be­come some­thing of a folk hero in the process.

Ge­or­gia po­lice re­cently re­leased a sur­veil­lance video taken from in­side a home show­ing three men who have guns kick­ing down a door and en­ter­ing a home.

The men are look­ing through boxes when a woman emerges from an­other room car­ry­ing a gun and a shootout en­sues. As gun fire is ex­changed, one man runs through a glass door and the other two exit the room.

Ar­riv­ing at the scene, po­lice found one of the in­trud­ers shot, in the in­ci­dent that oc­curred on Sept 16. Al­though po­lice used CPR, the sus­pect whom in­ves­ti­ga­tors have con­firmed to be 28-year-old At­lanta res­i­dent An­to­nio Leeks died on premises. The two other sus­pects fled by car.

Po­lice told lo­cal re­porters the sus­pects were look­ing for cash “when they met their match.”

“Their match” was a woman iden­ti­fied as a 40-year-old from China’s Fu­jian Province. She ob­tained a gun only one month prior to the in­ci­dent. The owner of two res­tau­rants in the At­lanta area, the woman was at her col­league’s home for work-re­lated rea­sons, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

The woman, who told dis­patch­ers she was also shot, and an­other man liv­ing in the home were brought to po­lice head­quar­ters for ques­tion­ing. She told po­lice that she heard the in­trud­ers around 4 am.

“She ex­er­cised her right to de­fend her liveli­hood and prop­erty,” Deon Wash­ing­ton of the Gwin­nett County Po­lice Depart­ment said in a state­ment. No charges are ex­pected against the woman, whose name has not been re­leased, Wash­ing­ton said.

“The home­owner told dis­patch­ers that she and an­other male were awo­ken to the sounds of some­one en­ter­ing their home,” Wash­ing­ton said. “The fe­male re­trieved her hand­gun and went to in­ves­ti­gate the sounds.”

She told po­lice she saw at least three men com­ing through the front door. “At that point,” Wash­ing­ton said, “she be­gan fir­ing rounds from her hand­gun and struck at least one sus­pect in the torso killing him.”

Nearly a week af­ter the in­ci­dent, the two men be­lieved to be con­nected to the in­va­sion are still on the run, Gwin­nett po­lice said.

COURTESY OF WSBTV

A screen­shot from the sur­veil­lance video of a Chi­nese woman in a gun fight with in­trud­ers in At­lanta on Sept 16.

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