Woman survives Maryville break in

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Imagine you're asleep and you wake up to someone trying to break into your house. It would scare even the bravest of brave - let alone a woman home alone. Local 8 News Anchor Alan Williams has her story of survival.

A woman we'll call "Jane" to hide her identity has surveillance cameras inside and outside of her home.

One day, those cameras show a car pulling up to her driveway. A woman in a hoodie then comes to the door, but Jane doesn't answer.

She calls that, "mistake one."

A minute later Jane hears a commotion at the back door. She says it rattled her.

"I panicked, I shook," she says.

She then misdials 911, and still shaking, she goes to the gun safe but can't get it open.

So she grabbed her shotgun and went to the door.

"And I pointed it right at em," she says.

The two intruders drove off.

But she didn't know until later she forgot to load the gun.

Deputies tracked the down the two a short time later.

Jane says she's fortunate she didn't get hurt and admits she failed in her attempt to keep calm.

"I don't want to be that weak," she says.

Now Jane is working on a plan with her husband, a former marine, so she'll be more confident if this ever happens again.

"You are trying to do more than one thing, you're trying to keep an eye on them, you're trying to hold a weapon, you're trying to talk to 9-1-1,
and it's all going out the window and you can't breathe and you go, I think I'm going to faint," Jane says.

Jane relates her current training to doing a fire drill.

"You better practice, you better know you can open that gun safe, you better know that weapon," she says. "Listen," she says, "I can't go through this again."

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