Spokane, Washington -17 Yr Old With Gun Scares Off Wanted Felon
On July 17, a wanted felon chose a home to break into in Spokane, Washington. Only it wasn’t a good choice, since he came face to face with an armed 17 year old girl. Oops ,wrong house.
Spokane County deputies pursued a man in a stolen car into an area just outside of the city known as Wandermere. After chasing the man, he stopped the car in a field and fled on foot.
KHQ, a local news outlet in Spokane, responded to the scene and began broadcasting updates.
Her boyfriend had been watching the morning “Wake Up” show on that station, and saw what was happening. He called Kimber, who then called her Dad and asked permission to take his loaded firearm…just in case. He quickly said “yes.” He knew that she was well versed in firearms and could handle it with ease.
Good call, Dad.
Kimber placed the gun under her pillow and went back to sleep. She was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into her house. Immediately, she grabbed the gun and hid behind a vanity in her room.
The suspect came into the room, Kimber stood up, pointed the gun at him, and said “Who are you? Get the **** out of our house!”
She said that his eyes got very wide and he bolted out the door. Just to make sure he got the message, she torched off a round into the ground near him as he ran.
Kimber Wood learned how to handle firearms from her Dad. She said she was shaking and she was having trouble breathing, but she knew she had to do it. Her proud father said that she is a “better shot than I am.”
The suspect stole her boyfriend’s ATV and is still at large. Kimber was able to identify the suspect from photos after the incident. It’s only a matter of time before he’s caught.
Spokane County deputies stopped by later to tell her what a great job she did.
A couple of things in this incident stood out:
1) She asked permission to get her Dad’s gun.
2) She worked through her own fear and did what she had to do. She had presence of mind to think it through. It does not appear that the suspect was armed.
3) Training with firearms is an important skill in this day and age.