RICHMOND (KCBS) – Richmond Police are looking for a man who broke into an 84-year-old woman’s home on Sunday night only to leave empty-handed, after she began shooting at him.

Richmond Police Captain Mark Gagan said Gustava Harvey was jarred awake when someone kicked in her front door.

KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:

“Just before midnight, the victim was home alone. She lives by herself and was asleep. She was woken by a huge noise, a crash. When she heard the noise, she reached for her bedside table and grabbed a revolver she had had for about 20 years,” Gagan said. “She had never fired it but felt that if she needed a gun, she would keep it right by her bed.”

Gagan said Harvey fired at the burglar and he ran away.

Neighbor Ron Beard said he was surprised because his neighbor is usually very quiet.

“She considers herself a Christian woman and I’m surprised that she would pull a gun on somebody,” he said. “But if somebody comes into your house, you’re afraid and it gives you bravery that you might not have otherwise had.”

Gagan said the police department doesn’t encourage residents to arm themselves because it usually ends up with someone getting hurt. But he said in this case, Harvey took the appropriate action.

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Comments (9)
  1. Kodiax says:

    LOL darn right someone could get hurt.. the burglar!!!
    remember folks, the police are NOT legally bound to protect you… unless you are actually in custody that is…
    more armed citizens means fewer burglars.

  2. mechanic says:

    Way to go Granny!! Too bad she didn’t drill the guy between the eyes with one of those .38 rounds. Home invasions are the absolute worst crimes; and should be punished with the death penalty….. whether it be by lethal injection, or an injection of hot lead!

  3. Randy Fleming says:

    Foul!!..Foul!!..She shouldn’t have had a gun!! Only the burglar should have a gun!……signed : S.F. liberal

  4. Rose says:

    Good for her! See if that piece of garbage tries that again anytime soon. Too bad she missed. I really hope someone rats him out.

  5. david says:

    good for her probably saved her live. should be a law that everyone should
    have to have a gun. would make people like this guy think twice before breaking into peoples homes

  6. JoMama says:

    Don’t mess with grandma!

  7. Dawg says:

    Go granny, go granny, go granny, go!

  8. G. says:

    Ruger should send her a new LCR for free.

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