Kristen Holbert shows how she protect herself and her home from two intruders Thursday morning.
Kristen Holbert and her boyfriend, Brent Giblin
MURFEESBORO, Tenn. - A pistol-packing pregnant Rutherford County woman scared off two intruders at her home.
Kristen Holbert, 18, credits her hormones and instinct for saving herself and her unborn child. Holbert is due in August.
Her boyfriend, Brent Giblin, is trained on weaponry because of the military. But Holbert only got a crash course after she heard some break into their home.
Two men kicked in the back door of their duplex Thursday morning.
"And that's when I grabbed the gun," she said.
She said she didn't really know how to use it, but that didn't stop her from grabbing the 12-gauge shotgun.
"Being pregnant, it come to me really quick. I knew it wasn't safe for me or my baby," she said.
She said she grabbed the gun and hid in a closet where she could watch them but avoid being spotted.
"I pointed in right in their face. They turned around, seeing a pregnant woman holding a gun. ... They knew they needed to get out," she said.
She said the men were not armed.
"She reacted really smart -- like military tactics, pretty much," Giblin said. "She grabbed the shotgun. She hid until she knew where they were in the house. She heard the voices. She knew exactly where they were. She pinpointed it, came into the living room and it scared them off."
The couple, though rattled a bit, replaced the door. Although they have a new sense of security, they there isn't a next time.
"But next time, they won't be as lucky," she said.
Holbert and Giblin believe the intruders wanted money.
The Rutherford County's Sheriff's Office said the couple provided details about the intruders and their vehicle. Holbert said her doctor made her commit to weekly checkups because of the incident.