A mother shot a man in the face after the suspect jumped in her car, while her two children sat in the car, police said.
A Texas mother said that she did not think twice about shooting a would-be carjacker when the man jumped in her car at a Dallas gas station, while her two sons were in the back seat.
Michelle Booker-Hicks was at the Shell station along Interstate 35 around 10 pm on Wednesday when Ricky Wright, 36, tried to steal her car while she was paying her gas bill, police said. Booker-Hicks said FOX4 Dallas her two sons, ages 2 and 4, were sitting in the back seat at the time.
“I went to jump in my car and stopped and told the man to stop, to get out of the car. He didn’t want out of the car. He turned and looked at me. I reached over the armrest of my glovebox and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun out of my glove compartment,” Booker-Hicks recalled to the news station.
Michelle Booker-Hicks said she reached for her gun and shot it once at the carjacker.
Booker-Hicks shot Wright in the face while he was allegedly trying to drive away. He crashed the car into the fence.
“I’m not a murderer, but I do believe in defending what is mine,” the mother of the two said. “I hope I woke him.”
Wright was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment. He is expected to face charges including kidnapping and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle or car-jacking.
Booker-Hicks, and her children were not injured in the incident.
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