BESSEMER, Alabama - A 63-year-old Bessemer woman shot an intruder in her home when she awoke to find the man standing in her bedroom, wielding a rifle.
The incident happened just before 4 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Avenue S.W. in Bessemer, Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian said today. The woman told investigators the gunman demanded that she give him her money and jewelry. She refused, and a struggled followed.
The intruder put the rifle down, and then pulled a small keyhole saw. He cut the woman on the arm and the stomach. A family friend staying at the home heard the commotion and intervened. While the friend distracted the suspect, the victim grabbed a handgun and fired on the gunman. He fled out the back door, Christian said.