(02/14/2014)
By Bob Weaver

A Munday, Wirt County woman Amy Dawson, about 60, was the victim of a home invasion (Feb. 7), when a young male invaded her house on Munday Road and wrestled a gun from her, with the gun discharging.

Dawson said the young man, identified as short and stocky, came to her house at 11 p.m. Friday, saying he was out of gas. She advised she had no gas.

Speaking to him through the door, he asked to use a phone, with Dawson complying, opening the doorway.

Dawson said she got a little nervous after watching the man's behavior and obtained a .38 caliber pistol for her protection, and when the man handed the phone back, asking the whereabouts of her husband, "He stuck his foot in the door and barged in."

Dawson said it was then that she presented the gun and asked the man to leave the house, at which time he lunged at her, attempting to get the weapon.

"It was a 'rasslin match, and the gun went off," she said.

He then fled from the house and left the location in a vehicle.

"I've had lots of people come to the house and ask for gas or to use the phone," Dawson said. "I've never had anything resembling this before."

Dawson alerted neighbors, who called 911, and a number of them came to her assistance.

Authorities from Wirt County are investigating.


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