911 audio (may not be suitable for all listeners): http://www.nbc5.com/download/2008/0110/15020797.mp3
Hammond woman fatally shoots alleged stalker
November 14, 2007 (HAMMOND, Ind.) -- A northwest Indiana woman shot her alleged stalker to death.
Police say 41-year-old Ryan Lee Bergner broke into the woman's home in Hammond Monday night. The 51-year-old woman called 9-1-1 and hid in a closet with a gun she had been given for protection. She says she shot him when he opened the closet door and started choking her.
His family says Bergner was a good man. Neighbors say the woman's action is understandable.
"There is no way there should be any charges on her. It is justifiable homicide. She was on the phone with police. They told her exactly what to do. What more are you asking for when some guy's coming at you? I mean, that's defense," said Alison Joseph, woman's neighbor.
Story update can be found here:
She said she was watching television when she heard a window break and called 911. She was hiding in a closet when she says 41-year-old Ryan Bergner came into the room. That's when she shot him with a gun she acquired that day. (emphasis added by EMB)
"What are you doing? Stop it. Stop it, stop it," the victims says in the emergency call.
"He's in the room with her," the 911 operator says.
"Stop it, stop it," the victim continues, then a scream is heard.
Earlier this week, the prosecutor decided not to charge the woman. (emphasis added - EMB)
This is a prime example of how a person turned the tables on her attacker and refused to be a victim. By defending herself she very well may have saved her own life.
As good as the police are, they simply cannot be everywhere. As the 911 audio shows, it can take several minutes for the police to get to you when you need them most. This woman did everything she could to avoid this man. Everything that all of the anti-gun people tell you to do. Call 911. Lock the doors. Retreat to another room. Hide.
None of which did any good. He still came after her. Locked doors did not stop him. Locked windows did not stop him. A call to 911 did not stop him. An armed citizen did.