A Memphis restaurant owner is speaking out after shooting an intruder at her place of business late Monday night, telling reporters that she had no choice but to defend herself and her family when the naked man refused to leave and instead attacked her and her loved ones.
The incident unfolded at the Mr. Potato Head restaurant late Monday evening when the man wearing nothing but sneakers managed to make his way inside the shop, only to find himself unable to get out because of the building’s self-locking doors. The restaurant owner says the man became “enraged” by the locks on the doors and began damaging property before punching the woman in the chest.
“I was just afraid of his strength,” she said. “I’m pointing at him, asking him to calm down and stay away or get out of the store which the door was jammed, and he had no way out, so therefore I was between a rock and a hard place, and I just did what I had to do,” she said.
According to the woman, she fired one shot at the man when he charged her and shot him again when he picked up a chair to throw at his sister.
“It’s just a scary sight, and I know that people are saying what they could’ve done, what they would’ve done, but until you’re in a situation, you never know what you will do, especially when the fear hits you. You never know what you’re going to do. He was a big guy, big enough to hurt me,” she said.
The woman’s sister, who began live streaming after the shooting, said the man was like a lion locked in a cage. She reported when they called the police, the naked man was on the ground, and she and her sister and brother were still locked inside the restaurant.
She said she went on Facebook to let loved ones know what was happening.
“If the police came in and arrested us or anything, my family needed to know. Somebody needed to know where we were or what was going on with us.”
“I’m not a monster. I would never hurt anybody purposely. I just fear for my life and just did what I thought I was supposed to do,” she said. “I didn’t want him to die or anything like that. I just didn’t wanna be the one my mom had to claim to identify.”