(KMOV.com) – A St. Francois County woman said she was beaten by thieves after walking in on them as they stood in her dining room.
Diana Hedgecock said the encounter with thieves at her home near Iron Mountain Lake left her battered and bruised.
“He looked so scared just like I was, I’m sure. It was the reaction when he grabbed the back of my hair and slammed my face into the wall,” Hedgecock said. “They outnumber me. They’ve already banged my head. I felt the blood in my left eye so I knew it was either going to me or them.”
As the suspects attempted to flee, Hedgecock was able to grab a gun. She fired three times as they ran into nearby woods.
“I could have shot them. They could have been dead lying dead on my kitchen floor,” Hedgecock said.
Iron Mountain Lake police are still searching for the suspects.