Mother Holds Intruder at Gunpoint

A Warren mother held an intruder at gunpoint and waited for police to arrive early Tuesday.

Reports said Shaelynn Burton, 25, fought off a woman who forced herself into her Idylwild Street N.E. home around 4 a.m. and threatened to kill Burton and her children, including her 5-year-old son.

That woman, Shanon Stanley, 40, of Stewart Circle N.W., was arrested on aggravated burglary charges. She is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Burton, an avid hunter and target shooter, said Stanley claimed to be a cop and busted through the door. She said the woman seemed high on drugs.

“She threatened to kill me and my kids,” said Burton. “She told me she was here to do the wrath of God and all this other stuff.”

Burton told police she pinned Stanley against the wall and the two wrestled around her living room. Burton said she told Stanley she had children and Stanley said “I’ll kill your kids and you,” reports said.

Burton’s 5-year-old son started crying and Burton went upstairs and grabbed her shotgun.

“I went back downstairs. She is now in the my living room, and I have it locked and loaded,” said Burton. “It’s a pump-action, so it’s got one in the tube and I said I am going to call the cops, and you can either leave right now or you can deal with the cops.”

Stanley refused to leave and Burton called police as she held her at gunpoint.

“They were here in a matter of minutes, which is kudos to them because if she would have moved, she would have had turkey shot all over her,” said Burton.

Neighbor Tamara Scrivens said that several homes have been broken into in the last several months, and she is glad that someone has finally taken a stand against crime.

“With the economy, people are armed, and I know we are armed. Because you never know what is going to happen cause now people are taking people’s stuff like it is their stuff, and that can’t happen and people are sick of it,” said Scrivens.

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