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ARARAT, Pa. — Authorities say a 76-year-old woman in Pennsylvania stood her ground and pulled a shotgun on a man who broke into her home early Monday morning, reports WNEP.

The man took off after the elderly woman, Carole Motsko, aimed her gun at the intruder, authorities say.

Ms. Motsko around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning heard noises downstairs — at which point she called 911, grabbed her shotgun and confronted the man who ran off with the woman’s purse.

The elderly woman’s chutzpah was the talk of the town.

“I think she did the right thing. She has every right to protect what is hers and she did the right thing,” Kelly Ford told WNEP in at Arlo’s Tavern, located near the victim’s home.

Another tavern patron agreed Ms. Motsko did the right thing.

“I would have done the same thing,” Michelle Calafut said. “Exactly the same thing. I have guns in my house. I would have done the same thing.”

The woman declined an on-air interview but said she has a shotgun for reasons just like the one she encountered Monday — to defend against unwanted visitors and that anyone breaking into her home should expect to be treated in like fashion.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the break-in.


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