Dallas police: Mom shoots man trying to take SUV with kids

Michelle Booker-Hicks

The woman jumped back into her SUV after the suspect got into the driver's seat at a Dallas petrol station on Wednesday night, according to police.

The mother, Michelle Booker-Hicks, was out of the auto paying for gas while her 2- and 4-year old sons sat in the vehicle's back seats, Dallas' Fox 4 reported. "He would not get out of the auto", Booker-Hicks told the station. "He turned around and looked at me", she told the local media. When he refused, the mother pulled a gun out of her glove box and shot the suspect in the head one time.

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Police say the vehicle crashed into a telephone poll, but neither the woman nor her kids were injured.

"Just to see him slumped over like I was just like, Lord, my kids [are] in the vehicle".

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"I'm not a killer but I do believe in defending what's mine", the mother of two said.

She said the man then got out of the vehicle, staggered across the street and collapsed in a nearby parking lot. He was listed in serious but stable condition, officials said.

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Booker-Hicks shot Wright in the face while he was allegedly trying to drive away. She had recently purchased the gun for protection. The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a hospital and is expected to be ok. Neither she nor her two children - ages two and four - were hurt during the shooting or crash. "I didn't. I just wanted to give him a warning shot, that was it", she told KTVT-TV. The victim says she is just glad she and her two boys are safe. According to Fox 4, he's had previous charges of assault, arson, theft, making a terroristic threat, resisting arrest and drug-related charges.

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