A Louisiana woman shot dead a man who broke into her house while she was with her two young children on Sunday, Jan. 8, police said.
The suspect, Robert Rheams, allegedly broke into the home on Klein Road in Tangipahoa Parish, armed with a shovel and lug wrench in the early morning hours, the local sheriff’s office said.
Rheams, 51, and the woman got into a physical scuffle after she found him inside her home.
During the struggle, she shot him dead around 5 a.m., according to Chief Jimmy Travis.
The home intruder, who was out on parole after serving two decades in prison for armed robbery, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said he was also the suspect in a carjacking hours before he broke into the family’s home.
There have been no arrests and Travis said it appears that the woman was "exercising her second amendment rights to protect herself and her children from a violent home invasion."