(Cleveland, Ohio) — When Melinda Vandal saw two men trying to enter her Ohio home, with one cutting through her screen door, she knew that she had to act fast.
Vandal, who is wheelchair bound and disabled, would be no match for a physical altercation with the two.
According to Fox 8, after calling the police, Vandal grabber her handgun and aimed it squarely at the pair standing by her front door and yelled at them to leave her property. Seeing the gun, the two fled.
“I put the gun up to the window of the door and I yelled, ‘get off my property,'” Vandal said. She said the suspects dropped a knife and took off.
Police were unable to locate the two men, but are looking into the matter.
“It’s hard for me to relax or sleep because I keep seeing his face,” Vandal said.
She said her doors are now locked at all times, and she is keeping her gun close to her.
“It never used to be like this around here,” Vandal said, noting she has lived in her home for more than 20 years. “I don’t want to ever hurt anyone, but I feel like I need to protect myself.”
Police have been unable to find the two.
As for Vandal, she said, “I don’t want to ever hurt anyone, but I feel like I need to protect myself.”