According to Fox 5, The woman–Karen Duncan–heard the 90-year-old gentleman screaming for help so she grabbed her gun out of her purse and came running. When neighbor Ron Childress saw Duncan running “in a panic” he grabbed his gun and ran to the house too.As the story goes on to say, Karen's first command to the criminal was ignored. This was despite the fact she had a gun pointed at him. Then she offered to shoot him. That gave the would be murder time to reflect. It was in that brief period of time that another hero, her neighbor Ron, arrived with his gun drawn too.
Ron apparently had the presence of mind to demand the criminal assume a less threatening position. He then held him, at gun point for the cops to arrive and secure the prisoner. Both Karen and Ron acted heroically as well as correctly.
Karen's heroism was in running to the conflict and attempting to stop it. She did more than that. In the heat of battle with her airline flowing she had the presence of mind to properly escalate force and the good sense to allow her unexpected backup to take over and control the situation.
Ron also was heroic in his aiding his neighbor. Ron's command to the suspect to get down and spread out was vital to controlling the situation.
After action incident dissection reveals several correct actions:
- Karen had a gun with her
- Ron had a gun with him
- Karen got back up (Ron)
- Karen intervened correctly from a legal standpoint
- Ron deescalated the criminal correctly
- Ron continued to control the criminal until backup arrived
- Ron and Karen allowed the cops to secure the criminal