DALLAS, TX — A Dallas mother shot a man who she says was attempting to steal her SUV at a gas station Wednesday night. The woman’s two sons, ages two and four, were reportedly inside the vehicle at the time.
Michelle Booker-Hicks told the press that the incident occurred at around 10 P.M. at a Shell station into which she pulled to fill up her tank.
While she was paying for the gas, a station employee reportedly alerted Booker-Hicks to a man entering her parked SUV and getting in the driver’s seat.
Booker-Hicks said she rushed out to the vehicle, confronted the intruder, and leaned forward to grab her handgun from the glove compartment. As the man began driving away, she reportedly fired and hit the him in the face. As Booker-Hicks recalls:
“I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car. He turned around and looked at me. I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment.”
After the gunshot, the wounded driver crashed the SUV into a utility pole, then got out and collapsed in the street.
The accused carjacker has been identified as Ricky Wright, 36. He was treated for a single, non-life-threatening bullet wound just under his left eye. Police say he is in serious but stable condition.
Wright is charged with two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Court records indicate Wright has been arrested multiple times on charges that include assault and family violence, arson, theft, making a terroristic threat, resisting arrest, and drug violations.
Booker-Hicks said she took the necessary actions to protect her children, stating:
“I had to do what I had to do to defend what was mine, which are my kids … I just wanted to give him a warning shot, that was it … I’m not a killer or anything, but I do believe in defending what’s mine … I was worried for my children.”
At present, police say no charges are expected to be filed against Booker-Hicks.
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Main photo: Ricky Wright [Dallas Police Department]