It’s an unbelievable story that started as a pursuit with Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies. They made a traffic stop in North Spokane County, but they driver they were stopping took off. Deputies spent hours looking for him, and we reported that on the Wake Up Show Monday morning. It turns out Wood’s boyfriend was watching our newscast.
He called her to say there may be a bad guy in her neighborhood.
“You heart feels like it is going out of its chest,” Wood said. “I couldn’t breath well but I knew I had to.”
They say your gut is your strongest muscle and that rang true for Wood Monday morning.
“I was laying in bed watching TV and my boyfriend called my parents. They warned me.”
So she asked her dad for a gun, put it under her pillow and went back to sleep. Until she heard the screen door open.
“I heard it close and that just doesn’t happen. I knew something was wrong,” Wood said.
Her gut said grab the gun. So she did, and she waited.
“I heard footsteps and he went upstairs,” she said.
She called her dad, who taught her everything she knows about guns, and he stayed with her on the phone as the footsteps got closer to her room.
“I was laying right there on the bed and he came in, and that’s when I crawled out, got the gun from my pillow…”
That’s when the unthinkable happened.
“He popped in and I said, ‘Who the [expletive] are you?'” Wood said. “His head was right there and I had the gun straight in his face and he ran.”
Wood followed him out through the same screen door he came in and watched down the barrel of her gun.
“I knew I wanted to be as close to him as I could, and your hands are shaking, but you know you have to have steady aim.”
Then she pulled the trigger. She didn’t aim to hit him, she aimed to scare him away.
“I fired a shot at him because I didn’t want him back,” she said.
With no neighbors around, Wood waited for what felt like hours until her parents came back. And they brought the sheriff’s department with them. The reality of what could have happened hung in the air like the gun smoke.
“When I found out a 17-year-old defended herself I thought that’s fantastic,” one deputy said. “I’m not her dad and I’m proud of her,” one deputy said.
As for her own dad, proud is an understatement.
“That is something you teach the kids,” Kimber’s father said. “Lessons we went over and over, and you think they’ll never have to use them, and today proved that they did, and it worked.”
The wanted man stole one of their ATVs and deputies are still looking for him. They say they have a good idea who he is and, despite what happened Monday morning, they don’t believe he is a danger to the public, KHQ reports.
The 17-year-old girl, who used one of her father’s gun to stop an alleged home intrusion Monday morning, told Breitbart News she was able to handle herself confidently because the gun gave her “the upper hand.”
Breitbart News reported that Kimber Woods was home alone when her boyfriend called and alerted her that a burglary suspect might be headed right for her. Kimber called her dad, asked if she could use a gun, then grabbed one and put it under her pillow after he said yes.
Soon, the suspect was in the house, and Kimber pointed the gun in his face and told him to get out. KHQ reported that Kimber ran outside and “fired one shot into the ground” as the suspect fled.
On July 19, Breitbart News talked to Kimber about this event and asked her if she felt confident once she had the gun in her hand. She said, “I knew how to use the gun, and it gave me a peace of mind that I had the upper hand and I was going to be safe.”
Kimber explained that she grew up shooting with her family and learning how to use firearms:
From about the age of six of seven, I was always out in our backyard with my grandpa, my dad, my brother — our family — target practicing. I’d sit there and watch and learn how they prepared themselves and how they used the guns. When I got to the age where my father thought I could use one myself, I tried it and I knew it was something that I needed to keep learning about. I knew guns could be dangerous things, but if I knew how to use one, I would be okay. So weekends we’d go out and shoot, come back and have lunch, then go back out and shoot some more.
Kimber’s dad, Lenny, added, “She was raised around guns, and from the time that she could understand, I drilled into them muzzle control, gun safety, every gun’s loaded, just like every parent across this country ought to do for their child.”
Breitbart News asked Lenny what he would say to Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, and other gun control groups who argue that homes with guns are more dangerous than homes without guns. He said simply, “At the end of the day, I get to hug my daughter — who’s alive and healthy and well — because of the firearm and the training she has had. And the other outcome is unthinkable.”