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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:13 AM

Woman shoots, kills her would-be rapist. [View all]

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/localnews/110812AlcaldeKilling#.UJudVOOe_II

Long article so I will summarize in italics, quotes are in regular font.


35 yr old woman gets gas, goes home, hears knock on door, opens door to strange man (Lawrence Sandoval), he forces his way inside, goes to kitchen and grabs knife.

She tells him to leave and runs to her bedroom. He says, "That's a good idea." and follows her. Put knife to her and begins to tear her shirt off.


“She told him to stop or she was going to shoot him,” according to the warrant, but apparently he didn't take her threat seriously: “The unknown male subject replied telling her, ‘You will not shoot me.’ ”

As Sandoval continued to push her to undress, the woman told deputies, she reached under her pillow, grabbed a loaded gun and pointed it at him. She told investigators the man “continued to come toward her placing his knee on her,” so she pulled the trigger.

Woman drops gun, (9mm Luger) runs out of home, calls 911.

Police and ambulance arrive, guy is dead, they get search warrant, seize the rest of her guns (two handguns, rifle, shotgun, and BB gun) and ammo as well as blanket from bed. They are searching for the bullet that killed him.

No charges have been filed.



Assuming that the investigation and evidence supports the story as represented, is there any question as to Sandoval's intentions or his willingness to use deadly violence to get what he wanted?

This woman had no other options except effective, violent resistance. If she had not shot him, he may well have killed her so she couldn't give a description to the police, or simply as part of his power/dominance/misogyny trip. In any event she would have been violently raped.

The ONLY thing that police could have done would have been to collect evidence after the crime. She would have been a crime statistic if she had been unarmed.

To help her, the gun had to be instantly available, loaded, with a round in the chamber. Empty, in a safe, with the ammunition in a different room would have been of no help at all to her.

She did not misidentify and shoot a family member, or herself, or anybody except a would-be rapist.

She took responsibility for her own safety and was able to save herself. It probably wasn't his first rape, bit was certainly his last attempt. Not only did she save herself, but she probably saved many future women from Sandoval.

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