Earlier this week in Spokane, Washington, a 17-year-old girl faced fear with bravery. In the early morning, Kimber Wood received a phone call from her boyfriend who warned her about a thief in the area. She turned on the news with her parents to get more details.
The KHQ “Wake Up Show” reported that a car thief was in the area of Wood’s house. The Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies had stopped the thief, but the driver took off when they got out of their vehicles. Deputies reportedly spent hours looking for him.
Before her parents left for work, Kimber asked her dad if she could keep his gun with her as a measure of caution. He said “yes”, knowing that she had been trained and knew how to operate the gun. Knowing that she would be protected, the teen put it under her pillow and went back to sleep.
Sometime later, she heard someone messing with the screen door. She said, “I heard it close and that just doesn’t happen. I knew something was wrong.” Kimber could hear someone’s footsteps go up the stairs. She grabbed the gun and immediately called her father. He stayed on the phone with her as she could hear the intruder get closer to her room.
Just then, the intruder opened the door to her room. Kimber said, “‘He popped in and I said, ‘Who the [expletive] are you?’ His head was right there and I had the gun straight in his face and he ran.”
Wood said that she followed the man all the way out of the door that he came from. She said, “I knew I wanted to be as close to him as I could, and your hands are shaking, but you know you have to have steady aim.”
As the intruder left, Wood shot at him so that he wouldn’t come back. She didn’t aim to hit, but simply to scare him away.
Later when deputies arrived on the scene, one commented on how “proud” he was of the teen. He said, “When I found out a 17-year-old defended herself I thought that’s fantastic. I’m not her dad and I’m proud of her.”
Wood’s father said, “That is something you teach the kids. Lessons we went over and over, and you think they’ll never have to use them, and today proved that they did, and it worked.”