A pregnant Florida woman used an AR-15 to fend off a violent home invasion from masked gunmen on Wednesday.
The woman’s husband, Jeremy King, praised her during an interview with Bay News 9.
“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it,” the Lithia resident said. “[My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me.”
King said the two men, armed and wearing masks, broke into the home on Wednesday night.
“They came in heavily hooded and masked. As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter,” he said.
According to King, the suspects quickly became violent, pistol-whipping and kicking him.
“I’ve got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head,” King told Bay News 9. “I took a severe beating.”
When his wife, who was in another room, opened a door to see what was going on, the intruders fired on her, King said.
She responded by retrieving an AR-15 and returning fire.
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King said. “He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”
Authorities said officers responded to a 911 call on Wednesday evening and found one of the two suspects dead in a ditch.
Police are still looking for the second gunman.
The firearm was in the home legally, according to authorities.