Sherry McLain claims she pulled a gun on a black "bad guy" in self-defense at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The 67-year-old woman says she cannot believe that she was arrested (video below).
"Scared me absolutely to death," McLain told News Channel 5.
"I have never been so afraid of anything in my whole life I don't think," McLain added. "This guy is the bad guy and I'm the one in handcuffs walking away."
"There was no reason for her to perceive any legitimate threat," Sgt. Kyle Evans countered. "Certainly, pulling a gun on someone who just simply asks a question, who is not displaying a weapon, or displaying any aggressive behavior, is not appropriate."
The black man, James Crutchfield, told police he just bought some cigarettes and approached McLain for a light, notes The Daily News Journal.
After McLain pulled her gun on Crutchfield, he ran back to the store and called 911.
Crutchfield's story was confirmed by witnesses and by a security video. He was at least 10 feet away from McLain.
McLain claimed Crutchfield came towards her aggressively and was "hollering."
Witness Keeley Benoit told News Channel 5 that she, her 7-year-old son and the boy's grandmother were targeted by McLain's gun as Crutchfield ran back to the store.
"What are we supposed to do if we can't protect ourselves," McLain told the news station. "I'm 67 years old."
McLain faces felony charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
(Note: The Daily News Journal reported that the incident happened on Nov. 6, Friday, but News Channel 5 said it was Nov. 7, Saturday)