You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

Sarah McKinley, Mother Who Shot and Killed Intruder to Protect Infant Son, Speaks Out in Interview With Shepard Smith

The widow who gained national attention when she shot and killed an intruder to protect her baby spoke out in an interview with Shepard Smith.

Sarah McKinley, an 18 year old mother from Oklahoma whose husband passed away on Christmas Day, was home alone with her three-month-old son on New Year’s Eve when two men showed up at her house, reportedly armed with a hunting knife.

McKinley described the scene to Shep saying she knew that it was imperative that she remain calm. She said, “The biggest thing you cannot do in a situation like that, you cannot panic. You have to hold yourself together and I knew that.

I knew if I screamed, I would give my position away in the house and I wanted to see him first.”

McKinley said that when the intruders first began knocking on the door of her home, she grabbed her 12 gauge gun, pushed a couch in front of the door, and went into a bedroom with her baby. At that point, she says that she grabbed a pistol, worrying that the 12 gauge wouldn’t fire, as she’s only fired it twice before.

Shortly after she called 911 to report the crime, one of the two intruders busted down the door. When he broke into the home, McKinley saw something shiny in his hand, which she believed to be a pistol. It was, in fact, a hunting knife. The intruder closed the door behind him and when he moved as if to come at McKinley, she fired. He fell over the couch, and his accomplice called 911 to report the shooting.

Police have announced that McKinley will not be charged with any crime.

Of the events of the past few weeks, McKinley said “I’m in shock. None of it seems real, but I’m trying to deal with it best I can.”

Posted in: 
Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" reveals who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Watch the latest installment, an up-close look at the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!