Gun-wielding grandmother holds wanted man at gunpoint

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A gun-wielding grandmother in Alabama confronted a wanted man in her driveway on Monday after he crashed a stolen car near her home, according to investigators.

Marcia Black, 75, said she pointed a rifle at the suspect while her 15-year-old granddaughter called 911.

“I was just calm as can be. I knew I was in control,” the grandmother-of-four told WAAY-TV on Tuesday.

Investigators said Cameron Powers came to Black’s home in Limestone County, west of Huntsville.

“I walked out and said, ‘Can I help you?’ He said, ‘Yes ma’am, I’d like to use your phone,” Black said.

The gun-wielding granny knows how to use her firearm. She said she fired a shot in the air to stop Powers from getting closer to her house where two of her grandchildren reportedly were watching from inside.

“I wanted to keep him at a distance. I didn’t intend to kill him. I just wanted him to think that I would shoot him,” Black said.

“He wouldn’t get down, so I shot in the air and he realized I meant business,” she added. “So he got down to his knees.”

Black said the perpetrator remained on his knees until deputies arrived a short time later, adding that when deputies got there, Powers tried to run, but it wasn’t long before he was arrested.

“He feared the deputy more than he did my rifle and he jumped up and ran zig-zag right across the field,” she said.

“That’s just amazing to me that I got to witness my grandmother in action,” Black’s granddaughter said.

Powers has been charged with car theft and attempting to elude authorities.


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