Sarah McKinley is another Oklahoma woman who refused to be a victim in her own home. The 18 year old had two men breaking into her home when she put a bottle in her three-month-old baby’s mouth, got her 12-guage and a pistol and called 911. With 911 on the phone line, she shot Justin Martin as he entered her house and charged her with a 12″ hunting knife. He’s dead. The second intruder, Dustin Stewart, turned himself into police and is charged with only burglary. Attempted murder would be more appropriate. Update: Dustin Stewart is now charged with first degree murder. Sarah McKinley’s husband died of lung cancer on Christmas Day, one week before the break-in. Update: a niece of Mr. McKinley (Kenneth ‘Kenny’ McKinley) is questioning the whole truth of Sarah Shepard McKinley’s story. Read it here.
Mrs. McKinley recognized Martin as a man who showed up at her door the day of her husband’s funeral. She did not open the door.
The attack, as new reports reveal, may have been premeditated. Ms McKinley’s mother told Newson6.com that Martin stalked her daughter at a rodeo two years ago.
The two have since bumped into each other at a nearby convenience store. Ms McKinley said she didn’t know who he was until after the shooting, when she pieced everything together.
In addition, two of her dogs were recently found dead.
Since news has spread, members of the Blanchard community are eager to help the young widow, donating clothes and gifts, as well as starting long-term funds for her son.
Ms McKinley is touched by the kindness. She told KFOR-TV: ‘You don’t realise how many good people there are until tragedy happens and then they step forward.
‘Kinda lose faith in the human race, but when people help, it puts that back in.’
Most of the media headlines I see, say “911 Operater says Okay to Shoot,” or something similar, as if that’s the story. In the 911 call Sarah asked if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he comes through the door. The operater said she could only tell her to do what she must to protect her child.
This report of the murder charges against the accomplice says that Justin Martin knew McKinley’s 58-old-husband had just died and thought there would be prescription medicine in the house. Keep in mind that Mr. McKinley may not have been 40 years Sarah’s senior. Stories have a way of morphing out of control. Example: The LA arson suspect now in custody was said to be 55. He was 24.
This is the second story I recall of an Oklahoma woman put in this terrible situation. Remember Donna Jackson? Her story made headlines around the world.
Interview with Sarah McKinley (video)