Sena Lauritsen and a few friends staying with her at her South
Dakota home were preparing to go out for a swim when Lauritsen's
neighbors alerted her that fugitives being chased by police were
heading her way. Lauritsen and her friends moved to an upstairs
bedroom so she could have a better view of the area. Some time
later, after it appeared the chase may have veered off in another
direction, Lauritsen and her guests started to leave her house
again. That's when she spotted two teens, escapees from a school
for troubled youth, approaching her house. When one teen rattled
her patio door, she dialed 9-1-1 and picked up her 20-ga. shotgun.
"It's my rabbit gun," she said. Lauritsen asked authorities on the
phone if she could hold the gun on the fugitives, "and they said,
yes, if I wasn't afraid to. I wasn't afraid." So she pointed it at
the teens through the door and ordered them to keep their hands in
the air. She held them for about 20 minutes until Jones County
Sheriff Chris Jung took them into custody. Lauritsen said she'd
rather not have to shoot them, but she was ready to protect herself
and her home. She laughed when she heard of a highway patrol report
incorrectly identifying her as a "scrappy 90-year-old." "I'm not
90, but I am scrappy," she replied.
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