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JUSTIFIED: Dayton Woman Defends Herself Against Trespassers in Clown Masks


At 9 PM last Thursday evening, Dayton police responded to a report of shots being fired in the 700 block of Hart Street in Dayton.

When the officers arrived on the scene they spoke with an armed woman who told police that she had been preparing dinner in the kitchen when she saw a reflection in the lenses of her glasses. When she turned around, there was a male at the back door with an “unknown long rifle,” according to a Dayton police report.

She said the man was wearing a clown mask, a long-sleeved black shirt, black gloves and black jeans. The man was telling the woman to open the back door, which was locked at the time. The victim ran into the living room, where she was able to see two other men in her front yard.

That’s when she grabbed her “black revolver handgun,” according to the police report.

The suspect with the clown mask then ran into the yard. It was at that point, that the woman exited her house and saw the suspect with the mask point the rifle at her and try to load his weapon.

She reportedly told the suspect to drop his weapon and he did not, that’s when she fired a “warning shot” into the garage. The suspects ran into an unknown direction.

As of the time of the publishing of this article no arrests have been made with regard to the clowns and no charges are planned to be pressed against the woman who fired the warning shot.

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