A dramatic home invasion was caught on tape as three young thugs scoped out a house. They checked out the garage, then moved to the back porch and then brazenly kicked down the door.
It was 7:30 p.m. and a startled Lumyra Mitchell was home alone with her two children. Her husband was out of town on a business trip. But luckily, he had installed security cameras and there was another surprise the invaders didn't count on.
Lumyra raced to her bedroom closet and grabbed a legally registered assault rifle that her husband had trained her to use.
She told INSIDE EDITION, "I never thought I would have to use that rifle."
Now, with her adrenaline pumping and her gun at the ready, she was prepared to fight for her home and protect her kids. The brave mom confronted the intruders.
Lumyra recalled, "I shot at the wall, one shot."
Then, she came down the stairs and took aim.
She described the moments, saying, "I had the gun facing towards the door. I walked up a little bit and that's when I shot." She yelled, 'Get out of my house!' "
The men couldn't get out of there fast enough. But then, incredibly, one of them stopped, picked up a gun and headed back toward the house. It turns out his gun was fake, but she didn't know that and the fearless mom was waiting.
"Get out of my house right now!" she shouted.
"I came to the door and fired two more shots to make sure that they were gone," she explained.
Her husband raced home to their tree-lined street in Detroit and is thankful that his family is safe, thanks to his hero wife.
"She'd never let anything happen to our kids," he said.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig says Lumyra did the right thing, noting, "She's a hero. She acted with courage. She wanted to protect her family, and she did that."