By: Teresa Mull
A quick-thinking Milwaukee woman who has had her concealed carry permit for two years stopped a man from attacking her with a steering wheel lock.
"I’m screaming for help at the top of my lungs. No one would help me. I was scared. I felt like my life was in danger," the woman, who asked not to be identified, told WISN 12 News.
Police said Joseph Drier, 59, attacked the woman after arguing that she should not have a handicapped parking placard in her car.
The 28-year-old woman said Drier attacked her as she returned to her car.
"I said, ‘Don’t walk up on me,’ and he turned around and went and got something — a weapon," she said.
It turned out to be a steering wheel lock.
She said Drier swung it at her as she held him off with one hand.
That’s when she reached into her purse and pulled out her handgun.
She fired one shot and hit Drier in the leg.
"An FBI agent came out of nowhere and told me, ‘Freeze, FBI, put the weapon down.’ I put it down, he said put my hands up and step away from the weapon, which I did, because I was afraid," she said.
Drier reportedly told police afterward he was "sick of people taking advantage of the system."
According to WISN, he also “admitted he was wrong for confronting the woman and he believed she shot him in self-defense, police said.”
Drier faces up to five years in prison if convicted of criminal damage to property with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.