JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Lisa Atkin said it was a long 23 minutes after she stopped an intruder at gunpoint after he broke into her home Wednesday morning. Now she’s spreading the message about how firearm training helped her stop a burglary.
Normally Atkin wouldn’t be home on a Wednesday morning. “I’m home sick from work today and I was resting in bed,” said Atkin.
Around 9:00 a.m. her three labs started making a commotion. “My thought was they were fooling around being the puppy Labradors that they are. But as it got louder obviously that wasn’t the case,” said Atkin.
So she got up to figure out what was going on. “As the noise came more in the house I decided I needed to get my handgun from my nightstand and proceed cautiously through the house,” said Atkin.
That’s when she found Joseph Baker inside her home. “So that’s when I took the gun from its holster and commanded the person to stay still and get down on the floor and asked him what he was doing in my home,” said Atkin.
While the no trespassing signs, security system, and dogs didn’t stop Baker from breaking through two doors to get into the house, Atkin’s extensive firearm training stopped the burglary. “We’ve been through the Oregon Firearms Academy courses so we were trained to deal with these kinds of situations,” said Atkin.
While she never thought she would use this training at home, she’s hopeful other women can learn from her experience. “Twenty three minutes is a long time and while most people in town wouldn’t have to wait that long for a response, it was an incredibly quick response for where we live. Without that training the outcomes could’ve been a little different so I’m blessed to be here today,” said Atkin.
Baker is lodged in the Lane County Jail facing charges of burglary, resisting arrest, menacing, and criminal mischief.