Without a proper self-defense tool, particularly a firearm, most people are, unfortunately, at the mercy of those with more physical strength and prowess than they. Sadly, that’s a particular problem for women in abusive relationships, as they tend to be less physically powerful than the abusive man and so unable to defend themselves.
But, when armed, the calculus is reworked. Instead of being at the mercy of those with ill-intentions and more muscle mass, all a woman needs to fight off a much stronger man is a firearm and the skill to use it safely and effectively. Fortunately, that often saves women from abusive partners and exes.
Such was the case in Issaquah, Washington, where a woman had to shoot and kill her ex-boyfriend as he allegedly tried to break into her apartment. The chilling incident occurred on Friday morning at just before 10:30.
The Issaquah Police Department announced that the shooting is under investigation in a post on its Facebook page, writing, “The Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crimes Taskforce (CSPAMCT) is investigating a fatal shooting this morning in Issaquah after a man broke into his ex-girlfriends apartment in a domestic violence incident.”
Continuing, the post described what happened during the incident itself, saying, “Around 10:25 AM, the suspect in the incident broke into the victim’s home at an apartment the 2900 block of NW Steelrake Place. The victim then shot the suspect, killing him.”
Concluding, the department noted, “IPD officers arrived at the scene and contacted the CSPAMCT, which is now investigating the incident. All information should be considered preliminary. We will provide additional information as the case proceeds.”
KOMO News reporter Jeremy Harris, commenting on the incident in a post on X, wrote, “A woman shot her ex-boyfriend as he was breaking into her apartment in Issaquah. The @IssaquahPolice chief tells me the woman fired one shot then called 911 to report it. The man died at the scene.”
Commenting on Harris’ post, one person noted that it was fortunate the woman had gotten armed well ahead of needing a firearm, as the state’s firearm waiting period could have left her unable to defend herself. That commenter wrote, “Good thing she had the foresight to arm herself a long time ago and didn’t need it sooner than 10 business days. Imagine how many others won’t be so lucky.” Another commenter noted that the full ten-day waiting period rarely applies, with shorter wait periods being more typical.
A different commenter noted that it is good the woman could defend her home from a presumably violent intruder, saying, “Hope she is OK. How scary. I am happy she could defend her home. Who knows what that guy was after.”
One resident, Trina Treatman, apparently learned the lesson that firearms can help a woman defend herself in terrifying situations such as these, telling KOMO News, “I’m devastated that this kind of violence could happen right here. From now on, I will be walking the neighborhood with a gun.”
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