Eighteen year old Sarah McKinley was home with her infant son, when two adult male drug addicts broke into her home. The young woman's husband had died a week earlier of cancer, on Christmas day. The drug addicts wanted to steal her dead husband's prescription medicine, and perhaps commit other mischief as well.
Mrs. McKinley had other ideas, and when she asked the 911 dispatcher whether she could shoot the intruders, they told her to wait until they were inside, in order to be compliant with the law.
In a tape released to the media of the emergency 911 call, Mrs McKinley can be heard asking the operator: "I've got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?"Yes, and that is as it should be.
The operator responds: "Well you have to do whatever you can to protect yourself. I can't tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby".
Oklahoma law allows deadly force to be used against intruders.
... Sarah McKinley's 58 year-old husband died of cancer on Christmas Day, only a week before the incident.
The police say the two men knew about this and targeted her home hoping to find prescription drugs.
..."They said I couldn't shoot him til he was inside the house, so I waited til he got in the door and then I shot him."
"You have to make a choice, you or him and I chose my son over him," she said.
"There's nothing more dangerous than a mother with her baby."_BBC