JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - After being held at gunpoint and assaulted by an intruder, a couple were able to retrieve their guns and open fire to defend themselves and their grandchild.
"If we had not had a gun in our home, we would be dead," Pam Coker said from the hospital Friday. "I'm convinced of that. That guy was strong and he was not going to stop. Nothing was going to stop him."
Around 6:30 Friday morning (August 15th) 21-year-old Marquise Trevel Yates kicked in the back door of the home, breaking the deadbolted door down. 60-year-old Pam Coker was getting ready for work as the door burst open.
"He came at me, was chasing me. Had a gun in his hand."
Yates grabbed Pam and threw her to the ground. Pam screamed for her husband, Foster, who jumped out of bed and attacked Yates to defend his wife.
"The guy wouldn't stop. He just kept fighting. He hit my husband in the head really bad several times (with the gun) and busted his head. So I got our gun and we had to shoot him."
The couple's 7-year-old grandson was home at the time and was unharmed. The couple told him to stay in his bedroom as they called 911. When police arrived, they took him out and covered in a blanket to avoid him seeing Yates's body.
The boy's mother, Amber Olsen, called her parents heroes:
"The whole thing, it'll shake anybody up. You never think in a million years something like this is going to happen to your family, especially your mother with your child in the house, and they protected him with their lives."