04 Jan

An Oklahoma mom did what most of us only dream of doing…she shot an intruder while defending her home.  On New Year’s Eve, 18-year-old Sarah Dawn McKinley, was sitting alone at home with her baby when she heard a noise.  This is when she noticed two home invader’s trying break in, so she quickly picked up a pistol and called 911. 

The victim asked the operator, “Can I shoot the intruder” and received a surprising answer, “Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself“. 

That is all the young victim needed to hear, she shot the 24-year old burglar, Martin Stewart, and killed him with a single bullet.  His accomplice, Dustin Lewis Stewart, fled the scene but later turned himself in.  

After losing her husband to cancer on Christmas Day, the women chose to save her 3-month-old baby.  It’s a good thing she lived in Oklahoma, because it is one of the few states that believes it’s your right to protect your home.  I say good for her!  Criminals disgust me.

Mckinley is everyone’s hero right now, with the increase in violence everywhere, the “old west” mentality just may be the thing of the future.  She will not face any charges because she acted in self-defense, and many believe she did the right thing. 

If you are willing to steal from others…you better be willing to lose your life.  Hopefully this will cause criminals to think twice, before deciding to break into another persons home.

What do you think?  Would you shoot someone to save the life of you and your family?



Posted by on January 4, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS


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  1. Karianne Wright

    January 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I absolutely agree; if you want to steal, be prepared. Poor woman, so young – loses her husband on one holiday and then goes through this a week later on the next holiday. I say bravo to her for defending herself and her child!

  2. Jolene Silbernagel-Sailer

    January 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Brittaj, I disagree with your first sentence….I, personally DO NOT dream of shooting anyone. I am thankful the young girl is ok and her baby too. I was saddened and shocked to read further in your post that she just lost her husband due to cancer on Christmas Day. Such a young life and so much life, loss and trauma is almost surreal. Prayers to this young lady and her newborn. I hope she gets the love and support she needs to heal.

    • brittaj

      January 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Jolene, it is not that I dream of shooting anyone, but only to protect myself and catch a thief. After being robbed multiple times, it angers me when they invade our space and are not caught. Killing a young person over this is not preferred and sad. But people need to learn to respect others space.

      • Jolene Silbernagel-Sailer

        January 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        Brittaj, I am sorry to learn that you have been robbed multiple times, that in itself it would seem against the odds. I was watching the nightly news tonight and a segment came on about how the United States Police are under-armed against criminals and drug dealers. We as a Nation need to get a handle on assalt rifles, guns and ammunition. While I do believe in the right-to-bear-arms, there should be much stricter background checks and places that do sell these need to be highly scrutinized.

        As far as “catching” a thief, I would rather scare them off and have the local Law Enforcement do it for me. I am truely sorry you or anyone were exposed to violence and understand and agree with you and others for the need and right to protect your “space”. No easy answers to this one or the future tragedies yet to come from unstable people having access to assalt weapons.

        Blessings for a safe year and thank you for your reply Brittaj.

  3. Miss Nancy

    January 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    My Democrat friend said she doesn’t believe in guns and she should not have shot the poor man. I’m a Republican and I say you break in my house, expect to get shot!

    • brittaj

      January 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Miss Nancy, that is interesting! I am in the middle, so maybe shoot them but not kill them? Pretty hard to do:)

  4. Reddawn

    January 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Rather than taking a life I would have hid and until the police came. If they were wearing masks they were most likely only their to rob the place then to harm anyone. Not that I am saying robbing isn’t harming a person, it’s just that things can be replaced, a life cannot. The poor man was only 24.

    • Jolene Silbernagel-Sailer

      January 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Reddawn….poor man was only 24!!! If he didn’t want to risk his life getting shot to death, then he shouldn’t have place himself in that situation! I don’t feel sorry for that “poor man” one bit, I am concerned about the young mother and do hope she will seek counseling. She was totally in the right to protect herself and child as-well-as her home, but taking a life has to be mind boggling to deal with, even if you were justified.

      • Robert

        January 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Indeed, Jolene.

        If said ‘poor man’ would have had a job and not been breaking into houses… houses specifically with what he no doubt perceived to be a ‘defenseless’ woman – he would be alive, right?

        You seriously think he was there to just rob her? She’s quite good looking, and he was already flying on pills – what do you think would have happened?

        She likely saved herself from – at the least – rape, and may have well save both her and her baby’s life.

        Quit trying to put ‘the poor victim’ spin on criminals. That’s disgusting, to be quite honest.

        This lady was at home with her child – like a decent mother should be, and what was the ‘poor man’ doing? Putting on gloves, a mask, taking pills, brandishing a knife and beating down her door. He got what he deserved – and if that happened more – crime woudl drop.

        The ‘poor man’ mentality for criminals will only serve to further increase crime. I’m not cold-hearted, but I am 100% tired of criminals walking all over innocent people and then others whining when the criminal gets what’s coming to them.

        That all being said – it is indeed said this ‘poor man’ chose this path in life, but he did – and no one at all, short of himself was responsible for his death.


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