Mother Shoots Home Invader, Protects Kids

Home alone with her 9-year-old twins, a Walton County mother’s first call wasn’t to 911 when she heard an intruder. She called her husband.

At work in Atlanta, Donnie Herman dialed 911 from another phone.

“Just remember everything that I showed you, everything that I taught you, alright?” Donnie Herman tells his wife Melinda on the 911 tape.

Melinda Herman, armed with a .38 caliber handgun, did what she was told, what she had just practiced at a gun range with her husband.

“She shot him,” Donnie Herman told the operator. “A lot.”

Slater was injured, but managed to run from the home and get into his SUV, according to police. Meanwhile, the family’s neighbors also called 911.

Deputies soon found Slater, 32, bleeding profusely in another neighbor’s driveway. On Wednesday, he remained hospitalized with puncture injuries to his lungs, liver and stomach.

Meanwhile, nearly 10 minutes after he first called 911, Donnie Herman gets good news. “The kids are at your neighbor’s house,” the operator says. “Yes, sir. Your wife is okay.”

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