- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Florida grandmother whose home was broken into says a 911 dispatcher ordered her to put her gun down in the middle of the invasion.

NJ Logan, 80, was recovering from hip replacement surgery upstairs in her Holmes Beach home when she heard noises coming from downstairs, EAG News reported.

“I kept hearing a commotion, like there were people walking around down there,” she said. “Once I realized it wasn’t my husband, you have no idea how fast you can go. … Honestly, all I wanted was my gun.”

Police said the suspects used a large rock to smash the bottom glass out of a door to her home, then cut out the screen.

“When I called 911, she kept saying ‘put the gun down.’ … I said ‘I’ll put the gun down when I see the police,’” Mrs. Logan told a local Fox affiliate.

“I didn’t want to shoot. I really didn’t want to have to shoot anybody,” she said.

The grandmother reportedly went downstairs and called out warnings to the invaders, causing them to flee. The Holmes Beach Police Department is still looking for the suspects.

Holmes Beach Police Chief William Tokajer said there have been a string of incidents in Mrs. Logan’s neighborhood.

“I think it’s a wake-up call to any would-be burglar,” he told the station.

Mrs. Logan said she has no plans to get rid of her firearm.

“I believe in guns inside your house, because I don’t think anybody has the right to break into your private domain. I’ll definitely have the gun up there that is for sure,” she told the station.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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