A Bad Day Gets Worse – Cops Shoot Homeowner Who Shot Intruder

By Thomas E. Cheever, P.E.

Cops shoot homeowner just after she shoots intruder

Responding to a 911 call, Huntsville, Alabama police arrived at the home and fired upon a woman holding a shotgun.

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Lisa Skinner is taken to the hospital after being shot by an officer just after she shot her ex-husband intruder


Sunday Evening

Lisa Skinner, 52, is estranged from her husband, Bradley Skinner, 59. Lisa had been sharing a home with her mother. Sunday evening around 6:00 pm, Bradley Skinner, armed with a large knife and a pistol, broke through the rear door of the home.

Lisa’s mother ran to a neighbor to call the police. On her way out she tripped the burglar alarm.

Lisa armed herself with a shotgun. Lt. Darryl Lawson, a spokesman for the Huntsville Police Department, said a protective order against Bradley Skinner  prohibiting any contact with Lisa or her family is in place.

Lisa went to the garage to investigate, where she confronted her estranged husband. According to Lt. Lawson, when the Bradley Skinner did not stop coming toward her and raised his pistol toward her, she shot him  in the chest.  It is not clear how many times she fired.

Police Arrive

Police officers arrived just in time to hear the gun shot(s).  They saw a woman in the garage, holding a shotgun.  Officers demanded she drop the weapon.  When she turned toward them with the gun in her hand, at least one officer opened fire.

Both Bradley and Lisa Skinner were transported to the hospital.  Lisa Skinner’s injuries are not listed as life threatening.  Bradley Skinner did not fare so well.  After surgery he remains in critical condition.

The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting incident is investigated.

Protective Orders Versus Firearm

Divorcing after 11 years of marriage, Lisa Skinner knew her husband was a dangerous man.  Lisa’s petitions to the court describe her estranged husband, as a “clever, gifted manipulator” who was heavily armed.  Bradley Skinner was arrested Feb. 21 on charges of harassing communications and domestic violence by harassment.

Lisa Skinner’s petition for a protection order, filed three days later, describes a “mercurial” man who abused alcohol and prescription and illegal drugs.

In the protective order petition Lisa states,

“He was texting and Facebook messaging threats on their lives and stalking them at home and work.”

The threatening texts included,

“U thank (sic) UR safe U R not.”

In another text, he tells his estranged wife,

“U took my life and you broke your oath for better or worse through sickness or health till DEAT (sic) DO US PART.”

In the end, a protective order is just a piece of paper.  Thanks to the 2nd Amendment and the citizen right to own and possess firearms, Lisa was able to protect herself from her armed and threatening husband.

Not All What It Appears

Police have been the recipient of a lot of bad press lately.  There is no doubt police shootings are in the news more frequently these days.

Police arrived to hear a gun shot, and observe a woman holding a shotgun.  Officers ordered her to drop the weapon.

Lisa Skinner is NOT a police officer.  She has no prior military service.  She is a high school science teacher.

After just firing a shotgun inside a garage, without ear plugs, adrenaline is pumping and she was surely in a kind of shock.  Her hearing was certainly affected and her head most likely not clear.

According to officers, she turned toward them without first dropping the gun.  Whether the gun was held at the ready, pointed down, or loosely held in a non-threatening manner will be determined as the investigation unfolds.

But it will be difficult to fault the officer for shooting the ‘victim’ if she turned toward them with the shotgun at the ready.

Fortunately for Lisa Skinner, the officer is a bad shot, hitting her in the hip.  She is expected to make a full recovery.

Even in the midst of tragedy, thank God for small favors.