An 80-year-old great grandmother shot and killed an intruder who allegedly broke into her home and stabbed and beat her husband.
Barb Moles, a Seattle, Washington-based grandmother of eight and great grandmother of three, was home with her husband, John Moles, and their adult son on the night of April 28 when an intruder -- later identified by authorities as 25-year-old Steven N. Sheppard of Gold Bar, Washington, -- entered their home, KOMO News reports.
Barb told the news station that she heard a commotion and went into the kitchen, where she found her husband lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
"I've been stabbed," he reportedly told her. John had also reportedly been beaten with a crowbar.
Barb then went down the hall and into her master bedroom where she found her .38 caliber pistol, a Christmas gift from John.
Barb said she waited behind the bedroom door for the intruder to come, but he never did. She then crept into the hall and spotted him.
According to Barb, Sheppard said one word to her: "Gun." That's when Barb fired four times. Three of the bullets hit Sheppard, ultimately killing him.
"I felt like if I hadn't, my son and I might both be dead and my husband might have bled to death on the kitchen floor," Barb told the news station. "You know, never in my whole life did I ever anticipate having to take another life -- especially at age 80."
The police are still investigating the shooting, but they reportedly believe Sheppard might have been trying to steal prescription drugs. Barb's vitamins had been spilled all over the kitchen.
John was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he has been in the intensive care unit. Doctors said he remains stable and is healing.
"To have something so senseless like this happen it's just so -- it's really been a very surreal week," Stacy Dobson, the couple's daughter, said. "But they're so wonderful. And they have a lot of good support."
Dobson has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the family's medical bills, as well as to pay for a better security system at her parents' home. As of May 10, the page has raised over $5,000 of its $15,000 goal.
Shari Ireton, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff, said the shooting remains under investigation, KOMO News notes. No word yet on whether the district attorney will file charges against Barb.
Barb, however, has no regrets.
"You know how mothers are with their kids," she told KOMO News, "that's the way I am with my husband. I just protect his back. I'm not just the typical granny - in case you haven't noticed. … I'm so sorry for [the intruder's] family. I just feel badly for his family."