Man Kicks In Door While Mother Is Home With Kids, But She's An Ex-Cop With A Gun

A Texas mother stopped an intruder who broke into her home by standing her ground with a pistol.

Limestone County, TX – A former police officer used her handgun to stand her ground when a man armed with a shovel kicked in her front door and charged at her on Tuesday.

Laura Williams, who was an officer for 10 years, told police the incident began when she woke up to her doorbell ringing on May 1, KWTX reported.

Williams answered the door to find 47-year-old Allen Tompkins standing there with a shovel.

"I went to the door and just kind of opened it and there was an older man standing at my front door with a shovel and he asked for a lady's name and I said, ‘There's no one here by that name. I'm sorry. You're at the wrong house. She doesn't live here.’” Williams told KWTX.

She told police the man left, but she had a gut feeling it wasn’t over when she looked out her window and saw the man was still in her yard.

"I looked out and he was standing at the opening of the woods with a shovel still in his hand and he kept looking back and looking, I said, ‘No this is not going to go down like this,” Williams said.

Her first instinct was to protect her daughter, so she ran and woke up 17-year-old Hannah and told her to get their dogs and go into her parents’ bedroom, where the guns were kept, the mother explained.

"No sooner did we get to the bedroom and shut the door, he was kicking in the front door and hitting it with the shovel,” Williams told KWTX.

Williams told police she got her handgun from the bedside table drawer and went to confront the intruder while her daughter called 911.

She said the man charged at her with his shovel.

“I had time to grab the revolver and come out the door. So when he came in the shovel was up on his shoulder, he was headed straight towards us,” Williams said. "I aimed it at him and said, ‘If you take one more step I'll kill you.’"

She said he stopped in his tracks, mumbled something, and turned to leave. On his way out, he turned back to speak to her.

“He said, 'Well all y'all need to know is y'all need to leave me the F alone,' and I said ‘I don't even know you, get out of my house.‘" Williams said.

She said her daughter was still on the phone with 911 when she returned to the bedroom, and she watched the man walk into the woods with his shovel from the window.

Police arrived about 15 minutes later and were able to locate Tompkins in a nearby trailer park, according to KWTX.

Williams said she had nightmares after the break in, and her daughter was struggling too. She’s afraid the man will return to her home.

"My husband said I'm having nightmares calling Hannah's name trying to make sure she's safe. As much as I hate to say I killed somebody, I wished I would have so that I could sleep at night knowing that he's not going to come back,” she said.

The 17 year old told KWTX she doesn’t remember much more than the adrenaline rush.

"I felt really scared and my adrenaline was pumping so I don't really remember a lot of it, but I'm not sleeping well at all," Hannah said.

Tompkins was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation, and held in the Limestone County jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

KWTX reported that authorities were considering additional charges that would bump his bond up by $100,000; however, it won’t happen before Monday.

Comments (14)
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Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

All I can say is she is a better person than I am. Once he came in with that shovel I would have pumped him full of lead.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Actually she saved herself from the ghetto lottery, so there is that....

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

No way would he have left my home w/o some lead. I would have never allowed him to even turn his back to begin to leave. At the very least, he would have been shot in the arm AND leg. Teach him & others, that no one enters there w/o regretting it. That would have helped her feel safer, now.
He’s obviously mentally ill. So once out & about again, he’ll be back at it, doing something else, to someone else. They always do, when not properly monitored &/or medicated.

EMarie
EMarie

At least take out their knees so they can't easily get around. I am thankful Mom and daughter are physically alright.

JELLYBEAN430
JELLYBEAN430

I would have dropped him right there. She is a Tough woman to not have killed him.

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Give this woman a medal. All of you say you would have "killed" him. Yeah, I suppose I would also. She could've, would've and maybe even should've, but she didn't. She had more balls to stare him down and challenge him to take another step. Like the coward, he backed down and now the scum will face prison for it. Kudos to her. It's nothing to do with the fact she's a woman or that "empowerment" bull shit. It's the fact she did well.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

With all the crap that is going on today, I'm not giving you a warning when you break into my house!! He would have been Swiss cheese!!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

She exercised great restraint by resolving the issue without having to use deadly force. She knew she could do it, and would do it if necessary. In other words she "held a better hand of cards than the perp held." She would have suffered much more trauma had she been forced to use deadly force, as well as having to endure all of the "monday-morning-quarterbacking" from the legal profession and left wingers.

Resa
Resa

Sounds like he should hold Home Invasion charge!! Great job,but I probably would have shot him

RDickison
RDickison

Glad some peopel recognize she did the right thing the right way in a manner that shows is genuinely responsible enough to have the right to protect herself with deadly force IF NECESSARY. For all the "would have shot them anyway/ no warning / etc etc - THIS IS WHY there is a movement to get rid of guns and remove our ability to protect ourselves.Vendettas and over emotional people that clearly do not understand the responsibility that comes with the right to use deadly force to protect one's self or family.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

Some of you people are delusional and obviously believe every thing you see on TV police shows. It would be great to shoot an arm or a leg. But there are reasons we are taught to shoot center mass. Try hitting a moving target during the biggest adrenalin rush of your life; an arm or led would be a tough shot for even the best shooter. SMH. Paper targets are so much easier than real life encounters.

Scattered
Scattered

Nobody knows HOW they will react until they are forced to do so. We can imagine what we would do but that is not a guarantee. And taking our guns is not an answer!

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Home invasion/trespassing in Texas. in Texas, of all places. Talk about having a death wish.