The woman living at the Hunter Road home woke up to the sound of a hammer knocking down her bedroom door. The police report says she grabbed a pistol from her nightstand and as her bedroom door was being knocked down, she fired a single round at her intruders.

One of the suspects let out a loud scream after hearing the gunshot. the bullet missed them both, but it was enough to scare them away.


A neighbor says she panicked this morning after hearing about the break in.

"We have cameras and we have a security system, but if they actually showed up it would be pretty overwhelming," said Leah Jarrell.

Police found Michael Delaney, 18, and Nicholas Hanks, 21, hiding in the woods nearby.

The police report says Delaney's mother received a call from him that morning, saying he was "in a field, cold, and stuck next to the big house for sale."

They're charged with aggravated burglary and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.


Delaney is also a suspect in the Wallace Smith Elementary break-in back in September, where he was charged with more than 20 counts of burglary and theft of property.


The owner of the Shooter's Depot says it doesn't surprise him that the woman living at the home decided to shoot back.


He's been seeing more and more females looking for ways to protect themselves.

"Women are no longer willing to be second-class citizens when it comes to defending themselves," said John Martin, "They are more proactive today, more so than I have ever in my entire life seen it."


Martin says women make up 25 percent of firearm sales at the store.


And if faced with the same situation. Jarrell hopes she would defend herself in the same way as her neighbor.

"If I felt like I needed to defend my house, my husband, my kids," said Jarrell, "Or he needed to defend me, sure we would be willing to do that."

Deputies found the two suspects hiding in the woods about four hours later, around 6:30 in the morning. The detective says it was about 30 degrees outside during their search and he says both suspects refused to talk to him.

Delaney is at the Hamilton County Jail and they are scheduled to be in court on Jan. 12.


Two intruders are met with gunfire after breaking into a woman's home.

It happened Wednesday morning on Hunter Road in Chattanooga.

The homeowner told police she woke up to someone attempting to open her bedroom door.

When the intruders forced it open, she fired at them.

Neither of the suspects were hit and both fled the residence.

Deputies found them hiding in a nearby field where they were taken into custody.

They've been identified as 18-year-old Michael Delaney and 20-year-old Nicholas Hanks.

Both are charged with aggravated burglary.

Michael Delaney was also involved in the break-ins at Wallace Smith Elementary in September 2014.  He is due in court concerning that incident on January 9, 2015