On Tuesday morning, Tarika McAllister, 29, heard a burglar breaking into her home, and despite lacking experience with a gun, she shot and wounded the assailant, allowing police to capture him.
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McAllister, who was by herself at the time, was first alerted to the possibility of an intruder by the incessant barking of her dog around 6 a.m. EST. She also heard a loud bang.
When she spotted a man inside her home, attempting to steal her dog and other items, she yelled at the man to leave. The man refused, and despite having no prior experience with a weapon, McAllister fired a weapon she kept for security purposes at the burglar.
“All I did was turn around and grab the gun,” McAllister said. “I was fumbling with it.”
“It’s my first time using it,” she added.
The native of Dunn, North Carolina said she took off the safety and fired the weapon at the man.
“I just lifted it up, and I started shooting at him, wherever he was moving to, I just shot him out of the house,” she said.
McAllister struck the suspect, Malihk Giles, twice, once in his lower right leg, and another time on his right side.
Giles, 20, was found 200 yards away from McAllister’s home. After his wounds were treated at the hospital, police took him into custody at the Harnett County Detention Center.
Giles is being held on a $75,000 bond on one count of first-degree burglary and one count of possession of the stolen property.
In the aftermath of the incident, McAllister emphasized that other women need to have protection as well.
“I know a lot of women are scared of guns,” she told WRAL. “I feel those are the best protectors for us because we can’t fight a man. We can’t fight an intruder off.”
“I took action, and I’m very proud of myself that I stood up for myself, as a woman,” she continued. “I did what I had to do, and I’m glad I did what I did.”