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Authorities say a West Virginia woman was attacked by an armed man she invited to her home after being solicited online for escort services. According to a KPTV report, 45-year-old Neal Falls attempted to strangle the unidentified victim upon arriving at a her Charleston residence.
Though her attacker allegedly aimed his gun at her torso and told her to decide whether she would live or die, the woman said she was able to fight through the fear and overpower the man.
“I fought men my whole life,” she said in a Charleston Gazette-Mail interview. “I guess I had to be ready for that guy.”
After struggling for roughly 15 minutes, she recalled grabbing a rake, which forced her attacker to put down his gun in an effort to disarm her.
“I grabbed the gun and just shot it behind me,” she said. “I hit him.”’
The shot turned out to be fatal, though police interest in the deceased suspect has never been higher. When investigators searched his vehicle’s trunk, they found a collection of weapons and tools suggesting this was not his first violent crime.
Authorities in Ohio are reportedly looking into Falls’ possible involvement in the disappearance or death of six women in a string of crimes potentially motivated by prostitution. The shooter told police Falls’ demeanor was confident, which she believed was a sign he had committed similar acts before.
The shooting is being investigated as an act of self-defense, and the shooter has been celebrated as a local hero.
“I don’t see myself as anybody special, or a hero,” she concluded, explaining she simply took advantage of the opportunity to stop her attacker.
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