'I drew the gun from the holster and asked what he thought he was doing in my home'

'I drew the gun from the holster and asked what he thought he was doing in my home'

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Lisa Atkin is used to hearing her dogs bark and her roosters crow.

But what she's not used to is hearing banging from her kitchen after her husband has left for work.

"That's when I got up, took my handgun from the nightstand still holstered, started to walk through the house and met a gentleman in my kitchen area who was not my husband," she said. "I drew the gun from the holster and asked what he thought he was doing in my home."

Atkin said the intruder - later identified as Joseph Riley Baker - kept saying people were following him.

That was the moment she was especially thankful she was able to hold him at gunpoint in order to protect herself until police arrived 23 minutes after she called for help.

"Who knows what he could've done," she said. "It could've been a much worse ending to the situation. He's alive, I'm alive - I just hope he can get the help he needs."

John Henry Hingson, the past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said the law states that homeowners are justified in using physical force upon another person when someone trespasses into their home.

And if someone remains in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime such as rape, theft or assault, homeowners may use deadly physical force.

"You have what is known as 'duty to retreat' when attacked inside your own home by an invader. Period. End of discussion."