Embed Code Copied

Jan 5, 2016 6:21 PM

UPDATE: Manchester woman, 65, speaks out after she was forced to shoot attacker in self-defense

NH1.com

MANCHESTER - The woman who pulled out a gun and shot the man who attempted to steal her purse in Manchester on Monday is speaking out.

READ: Manchester police: 65-year-old woman shoots would-be robber at close range in the chest

The 65-year-old woman - who didn’t want to be identified - said she tried to enter her apartment complex when a man identified by police as 23-year-old Michael Bontaites rushed up to her and tried to grab her bag.

Police said Bontaites followed the woman from a gas station near her South Porter Street home, and after the confrontation, the woman feared for her life and pulled a gun on him.

“As he went for me – boom,” she told NH1 News on Tuesday night. “I mean it was that fast."

She shot him in the chest.

“It was just a knee-jerk reaction,” she said.

The woman has a valid concealed carry gun permit, and she said she has advice for people traveling alone in Manchester at night.

“I was... Oh my god, I never shook so much in my life,” she said. “You know it was awful. Carry protection - because you never know where or when, and obviously it can happen anywhere at anytime.”

Bontaites was charged with robbery and was arraigned at Elliot hospital Tuesday afternoon.

--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

--

»Comments

Must Read on NH1.com

Concord, NH
Broken Clouds 49°
5pm 48°
6pm 46°
7pm 42°
8pm 40°

 

N.H. DollarSaver

 Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - NH Senate debates bill to tighten voting laws

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. - Daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Thursday, 2 p.m. - Senate Intelligence hearing on alleged interference by Russia interference in U.S. elections

 Friday, 10 a.m. - Latest storm update with Meteorologist Ryan Breton

NH1 on Facebook

Download NH1 App

NH1 on Twitter

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome