‘I Was in Control:’ Grandmother Holds Suspect at Gunpoint Until Authorities Arrive

June 19, 2019 Updated: June 19, 2019

An Alabama grandmother used her firearm to hold a suspect until the authorities arrived.

According to deputies in Limestone County, Cameron Powers stole a car before being engaged in a high-speed chase. He eventually crashed the car, fled the scene, and ended up in the driveway of Marcia Black,  a 75-year-old grandmother.

“I walked out and said, ‘Can I help you?’ and he said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I’d like to use your phone,'” Black told WAAY-TV.

Black was holding a rifle while she spoke to Powers. Her grandchildren were inside watching what happened.

“I was just calm as could be. I knew what I was doing. I was in control,” Black said.

Allie Ruth Black, 15, Black’s granddaughter, told WAAY-TV that Powers did not have a shirt or shoes.

Her grandmother fired her gun into the air when Powers got too close to the house.

“He wouldn’t get down, so I shot in the air,” Marcia Black told WPMI. “And he realized I meant business, so he got on his knees.”

When deputies arrived, Powers tried running but he was soon handcuffed.

Her granddaughter was in awe.

“Our jaws just dropped. We thought, ‘Wow, my grandmother is the coolest person on the planet,” Allie Ruth Black told WAAY-TV. “This is a story that I’m going to get to tell my grandkids one day.”

According to The News Courier, Marcia Black received a phone call just before the suspect showed up from her son, Jason Black, a commissioner with Limestone County District 3, alerting her that Powers was in the area.

Jason Black told the outlet that the other minor present at the house was his nephew. He is the father of Allie Ruth Black.

Powers was booked into the Limestone County Jail and was being held on $6,000 bond.

Mom of 2 Saves the Day, Shoots Gunman Near School

Video footage showing an off-duty police officer in Brazil shooting and killing a gunman outside a school has gone viral again.

Katia Sastre, who is now a politician, was praised by local officials for her bravery during the viral incident. The New York Post’s footage of the incident has been shared en masse over the past several days.

The 42-year-old was captured on camera gunning down Elivelton Neves Moreira, 21, outside a school in Sao Paulo. The suspect is seen armed with a handgun and was approaching a crowd of children and their parents, it was reported.

But Sastre pulled out a pistol and opened fire several times, sidestepped as he tried to aim at her, and then placed her body weight on his back. She is also seen kicking the gun away.

Moreira later died in the hospital, The Sun reported.

“I didn’t know if he was going to shoot the kids or the mothers or the security guard at the school door,” she said, Fox News reported. “I just thought about defending the moms, the children, my own life and my daughter’s.”

Sastre said she is a mother.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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