Immediately after returning to their Southeast Portland home at about 1:30 a.m. on June 26, Tara-Alexis Ford's 10-year-old daughter told her she couldn't open her bedroom door.
The girl later recounted to police that she'd heard a man growling and screaming behind the door. Ford told investigators she sent her daughter and 5-year-old son into her own bedroom, retrieved a semiautomatic handgun from her nightstand, forced her daughter's door open and discovered a stranger lying on the floor.
When the man started to get up, Ford fired -- striking him once in the back of the head, killing him instantly.
That's all according to 69 pages of police reports and a recording of Ford's 911 call that officials released to The Oregonian/OregonLive this week.