Authorities say Melinda Herman grabbed a handgun and hid in a crawl space with her two children when a man broke in at their home northeast of Atlanta on Jan. 4. Herman called her husband on the phone, and with him reminding her of the lessons she learned at a shooting range, Herman opened fire.
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said the suspect, Paul Ali Slater, is now "walking and talking" but unable to digest solid foods. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that bullets punctured his lungs, liver and stomach. He remains jailed and faces aggravated assault and burglary charges.