A woman is facing charges after pulling a gun on a stranger in what she says was self-defense.
Sherry McLain, 67, was loading groceries into her car at a Wal-Mart in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Nov. 6, reports The Daily News Hournal. She says a stranger approached her, which reportedly scared her enough to pull out her revolver.
"I have never been so afraid of anything in my whole life I don't think," McLain told News Channel 5 Nashville. "This guy is the bad guy and I'm the one in handcuffs walking away."
According to Murfreesboro police, witnesses and a security camera, McLain overreacted.
"There was no reason for her to perceive any legitimate threat," said Sgt. Kyle Evans.
When police spoke with the man, 52-year-old James Crutchfield, he told them he had bought some cigarettes and asked her to use a lighter. He said the woman pulled the revolver out, pointed it at him, and started screaming.
Witnesses confirmed Crutchfield's story.
"Clearly this is a gun owner who doesn't need to own a gun," Keeley Benoit told Nashville Channel 5 News. Benoit and her grandson watched Crutchfield run past them at Wal-Mart. "When she looked up the gun was being pointed at the three of them and the lady says 'I'm going to shoot you. I'm going to kill you.'"
Another witness, Diane Miller, told an officer that Crutchfield ran to her, screaming about the woman with a gun. Miller said she saw McLain pointing the gun in her direction, according to police reports.
A security video recorded the interaction. Crutchfield walked past McLain, turned towards her, and then started walking backwards with his hands in the air after she pulled the gun. Police reports said she lowered the gun until Crutchfield saw Miller and told about the incident, while screaming, reports The Daily News Journal. McLain reportedly pulled the gun on the man again, as he was next to Miller and her child.
McLain is facing charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. She was properly permitted for the revolver.
"What are we supposed to do if we can't protect ourselves. I'm 67 years old," McLain commented, insisting she feared for her life.
"Certainly pulling a gun on someone who just asks a question [and] has no weapon is not appropriate," said Evans.