Woman Struggles For Gun Against Estranged Husband Who Broke Into Home

BIG BEAR, CA — A man was shot and killed in the small Big Bear community after breaking into his estrange wife’s home and fighting with her for possession of a firearm, The Sun reports.

The woman, who has not been named, does not appear to be in any danger of being charged for the death of Kyle McWilliams, the intruder.

As The Sun reports:

Deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance with shots fired about 11:20 p.m. in the 700 block of Leonard Avenue in the community of Sugarloaf, located southeast of Big Bear Lake. They arrived to find McWilliams suffering from gunshot wounds. Investigators determined that McWilliams forced his way into the home and that a fight ensued, during which McWilliams and his wife fought for the gun and the gun went off, a news release said.

The woman was interviewed and released. A report will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.

The Sun

It is unclear whether McWilliams or the intended victim was the original possessor of the firearm — it’s not indicated. If it originally belonged to the man entering the residence, however, that’s some pretty impressive resistance.

If the firearm was in the home to begin with — which does seem a bit more likely — who knows what went down to cause both individuals to be in contact before it went off?

The best we can take away from this is a thought on the two most likely culprits.

  1. Do not, ever, give your attacker the gift of time to close with you. Most times that equates to not giving a verbal warning within your own home. Granted, this man was her estranged husband — it’s not an easy thing, emotionally, to undergo.
  2. Keep your firearm where you can get to it first. It doesn’t need to be under your pillow, but it must be close enough to matter if you need it.

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