ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — A woman shot and killed a male burglar in her Anderson home where she lives with her children, Anderson Police Department said Wednesday morning.
Officers responded to a burglary in progress about 12:45 a.m. at the house in the 1300 block of East Eight Street, according to police. That is just south of Anderson University.
Police say the woman saw the man kick in her back door and enter the home. She grabbed a firearm from an upstairs bedroom and shot the man before going to a neighbor’s house. Police have not released the woman’s name.
The man, who was later identified as Jeffrey Flowers, 40, was found dead in the upstairs bedroom.
Neighbors says they have seen police at this house several times in the past couple of weeks.
“I came upstairs and I hear someone banging on the door, just screaming ‘Help me, help me, help me’ and ‘Please call the police,’ ‘Just please, please please let me in. I’m your neighbor,’” said Amari Lewis, who lives across the street from the woman’s house on East Eight Street near Buckeye Street.
Lewis had not met her neighbor until early Wednesday morning when she came running for help.
“It was about 1 in the morning. I was laying in my room and I heard somebody ringing our doorbell about 20 times,” Lewis said. “She was telling us how he had broke in and he was saying ‘Give me the money or I’m gonna shoot,’ so she did what she had to do to protect herself and her children. I guess she ended up getting her gun and shooting him, and she ran over there as quickly as she could to get help, and we ended up calling the police.”
Anthony Alfarano lives just a couple houses from where the shooting happened. He has a “no trespassing” sign posted in his front window and carries a firearm at all times. He says police have been a common sight in the neighborhood lately.
“Given the past, I have seen plenty of times, I have seen police cars and ambulances and everything else parked right in front of that house,” Alfarano said.