It’s no surprise, really, that armed men showed up at Teresa Martin’s house early Saturday morning. Tampa police arrested three men afterwards, including one Johnny Acevedo Jr. “Acevedo was sentenced to four years probation for a drug possession charge in May,” tampabay.com reports. “That history didn’t strain his relationship with [Ms.] Martin, who has a lengthy arrest record as well that includes drug and theft charges. She said Acevedo knew about her finances and when her government checks arrive.” Ms. Martin: “I didn’t think this would happen.” So not the most “righteous” defensive gun use in the history of the world, ever. Still, as a cop once told me, drug dealers have a right to defend their lives too. And you’ve got to give Martin some credit for this . . .
She said she was tossing in bed around 2 a.m., thinking about bills she had to pay, a house she had to clean, when she heard her front door get smashed.
She called out to a friend, Jerry Bullard, 52, who was sleeping on the living room couch. Getting no response, she got up and saw the man with the gun.
Martin, who told the Times she relies on government assistance, said she told the man she had no money. She said he pushed her onto the bed on her stomach. And that’s when she heard the “click” of a gun cocking.
“I said to myself, ‘Oh, hell no. If I’m going to die I’m going to go down fighting,’ ” she said.
So Martin said she began kicking her feet wildly in the gunman’s direction. She heard a boom and looked back. The man was lying on the floor and making gurgling noises, blood oozing from an eye. She ran to get Bullard, whom she had to wake up, and told him there was a dead man in her bedroom.
Bullard said the man was still breathing, so he called police, grabbed a towel and moved the gun to the kitchen table.
The dead man: Leonard “Kool Aid” Porter, wanted for another home invasion. Lesson for us: if it looks like you’re going out, sometimes it’s best to do so kicking and screaming.