Brett Blume

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – The woman who shot at an intruder in her Jefferson County home last night, allegedly had a lot of pot in her house.

Jefferson County Deputies say they found “several pounds of marijuana packaged for distribution” in Judith Gilbert’s home.

The 53-year-old is now in jail, charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute.

Gilbert told police that a man used pepper spray to force his way into her home last night. After she shot at him he fled…and remains at large. It’s not known if he was wounded.


Sheriff’s investigators now say that a violent home break-in in Jefferson County Thursday night may have been “narcotics related”.

A woman answering a knock at her door in 3600 block of Telegraph Rd. around 8 p.m. was pepper-sprayed in the face by a masked man, who then forced his way inside.

The two struggled but the 53-year-old woman managed to break free and run to a bedroom where she grabbed a handgun.

When the intruder forced his way into the bedroom, the woman fired several shots and the man ran off.

Meanwhile, investigators have recovered a large amount of evidence that they say is consistent with the “illegal use and distribution of narcotics”.

KMOX News asked Sheriff Glenn Boyer if that meant that this was a drug deal gone bad and the homeowner might face charges.

“Well, at this time that’s the only thing I’m going to say, is what I just said,” he replied.

It’s not clear if suspect was hit by the woman’s gunfire, and the search for him continues.


Faced with a determined home intruder, a Jefferson County woman grabs a gun and goes on the offensive.

It happened around 8 p.m. Thursday in the 3600 block of Telegraph Road, starting with a woman answering a knock at her door.

“A male subject had the screen door open,” explains Jefferson County sheriff’s captain Ron Arnhart. “He sprayed her in the face with pepper spray.”

The man, wearing a mask and a red hoodie pulled tightly around his face, then forced his way inside and began struggling with the 53-year-old woman, who was home alone.

She was able to break free and run to a bedroom, where she shut the door and grabbed a gun.

Capt. Arnhart picks up the story from there.

“The male subject forces his way into the bedroom. She fires several shots at the subject, who leaves the home,” he says.

Unknown is if the home intruder was struck.

He remains at large.

Arnhart says it’s not yet clear whether the gun was legally registered.

However, Arnhart adds, “You have a right to defend yourself in your own home.”

The homeowner was treated for injuries related to the pepper spray but was not seriously hurt.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (3)
  1. dcannon1 says:

    “Arnhart says it’s not yet clear whether the gun was legally registered.”
    There is no handgun registration in MO. As long as the owner isn’t a felon, it’s a legal handgun.

  2. Gerald Urban says:

    She is very fortunate not to have gotten seriously injured during the attack.

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