An 18-year-old Oklahoma mother who fatally shot an armed intruder on New Year’s Eve will not face charges in the man’s death, authorities say.
The woman, Sarah McKinley, feared for her life and that of her 3-month-old son when she shot 29-year-old Justin Shane Martin to death as he and an accomplice tried to break into her home, allegedly in search of drugs.
McKinley asked a 911 dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder, according to The Associated Press.
“I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?” McKinley asked the dispatcher.
“Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself,” the dispatcher is heard telling McKinley in a recording of the call. “I can’t tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby.”
The woman shot Martin after he spent about 20 minutes opening the door, which she had barricaded with a couch, and entered her home with a knife. While McKinley faces no charges, Martin’s accomplice, 29-year-old Dustin Louis Stewart, is charged with first-degree murder in the man’s death. Stewart reportedly fled the scene after hearing the gunshot.
McKinley’s husband had died about a week prior to the incident on Christmas Day, after suffering complications from lung cancer.