Paul Slater allegedly broke into a home in Loganville, Georgia, where he was shot by an unidentified mom who was armed with a gun.
The mother was at home with her 9-year-old twins on Friday when Slater began ringing the doorbell. When the mom didn't answer, Slater began prying the door open with a crowbar, reports the Daily Mail.
The mom called her husband Donnie Herman at work, who told her: “Get the kids and hide."
While Herman dialed 911, his 37-year-old wife picked up handgun and her kids went into the attic.
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told WSBTV: "The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver."
The mom fired at Slater, hitting him five times in the face and neck, missing only once.
Sheriff Chapman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The guy’s face down, crying. The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again."
Slater managed to return to his car that was parked outside the home, but his injuries left him unable to drive.
Slater was found, by sheriff's deputies, bleeding in a driveway down the block, saying: "I'm dying. Help me."
Slater was taken to the Gwinnet Medical Center for his gunshot wounds. He has a criminal history and was released from prison in August.
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Herman told WSBTV: "My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner."