East Knoxville woman scares off intruders with shotgun

East Knoxville woman scares off intruders with shotgun

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Fearing the suspects were trying to get inside, Marian Winton grabbed a shotgun that she keeps in the home. Fearing the suspects were trying to get inside, Marian Winton grabbed a shotgun that she keeps in the home.
She fired a shot into her front door. She fired a shot into her front door.
"I just want to tell them I am not the one you want to do that to," said Winton. "Trust me." "I just want to tell them I am not the one you want to do that to," said Winton. "Trust me."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An East Knoxville woman was able to scare off two attempted home invaders by firing a shotgun into her front door.

Officers responded to a home at 1940 Linden Avenue around 12:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Marian Winton, 51, who lives in the home, told officers she was outside with other family members when two men rapidly approached.

"They just knocked on my door and asked to use my phone," said Winton. "I felt like it wasn't good. They started shaking the door handle."

When she told them she did not have a phone, they began trying to force the door open.

Fearing the suspects were trying to get inside, Winton grabbed a shotgun that she keeps in the home.

She shouted for family members to move away from the door, because she was going to shoot. She then fired one round into the door.

"It was the wrong time of night to be knocking at the door," she said.

Police say it does not appear anyone was hit.

Winton said she is not scared and hopes these two men will not come back.

"I just want to tell them I am not the one you want to do that to," said Winton. "Trust me."

 "If they want to live, they better not show back up," said Winton's godson David Garrett, "That's all I could tell them."

One suspect is described as a white male wearing black shorts and a black shirt. The other suspect was a black male wearing a white shirt, with white, black, and blue basketball shorts and dreadlocks. Both appeared to be in their early 20s.

Anyone with information should call the Knoxville Police Department crime hotline at 865-215-7212.

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