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Rhonda Coleman surprised an intruder in her home with her gun. Rhonda Coleman surprised an intruder in her home with her gun.
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MUNCIE -

A Muncie mother pulled a gun on a burglar in her home this week and told Eyewitness News she wouldn't hesitate to do the same thing again.

"I think everybody should have a gun," said Rhonda Coleman from her home in Muncie.

That's why Rhonda Coleman has always had two firearms in her bedroom, a shotgun and a BB gun air rifle. Coleman admitted, though, she doesn't know how to use them.

"I never really thought I'd have to use it," Coleman said of either weapon.

That all changed after Muncie police said 32-year-old Thomas Miller broke into Coleman's home while she slept on the couch.

"I discovered that there was someone crouching over by my TV, working on the Xbox," said Coleman.

At first, Coleman said she thought it was her son who lives just next door, but after she woke up and asked who was there, says "He walked over here and then he just stood behind the Christmas tree where I couldn't see him and he didn't leave."

When she asked the person if it was her son and he replied yes, Coleman didn't recognize the voice.

"I knew then, that's not my son," said Coleman.

So Coleman got up to confront him.

"I was angry. There was a stranger in my home, without my permission, going through my things and I was angry and I took control," she said of what was going through her head at the time. "I realized I had a shotgun back here, but instead of the shotgun, I grabbed a bb gun."

Miller, though, didn't know the difference.

"If you don't the know difference, then I've got a gun and I'm in control now," said Coleman of the encounter.

So in control, Coleman said she grabbed Miller and took him outside at gunpoint where she yelled for her son who lives next door to call 911.

"Now that this has happened, I'm definitely going to be learning how to fire a firearm," said Coleman.

Coleman said she'll never be without a gun again, especially if turns out, there's a next time and the other person has a gun.

"I want a fair chance. If he's got a gun, I want a gun. I want a fair and fighting chance, " said Coleman.

Thomas Miller is being held in the Delaware County Jail.

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