Chief Deputy Keith Brooks said that Paul Slater, shot five times by a Loganville mother, remains in a local hospital recovering from his injuries. He said the hospital is declining to give an more details of Slater's condition at this time. Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told WSBTV immediately after the incident that Slater was expected to survive his injuries. He faces several charges releated to the alleged burglary once his recovery is complete.
According to Gwinnett County records, Slater had several charges dating back to 2008.
WCSO officials reported at the time that Melinda Herman was at home with her 9-year-old twins when the suspect knocked on the door and then rang the doorbell. She reportedly contacted her husband, who told her not to answer the door as he wasn’t expecting anyone. When she saw Slater retrieve a crowbar from the car, she grabbed her children, her .38 revolver, and hid in an attic closet. Slater broke into the house and subsequently located her in the closet. At that time she opened fire on him, hitting him with five of the six rounds in the gun. Her husband had already called 911 and by the time police arrived, the mother had retreated to a neighbor with the children, Slater had tried to escape in his car, but had subsequently crashed in a wooded area in the neighborhood.
This case drew national attention in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings and moves to enact gun control measures in response to the tragedy. A case in Lilburn recently, however, gives another perspective. According to Lilburn Patch, a 69-year-old Lilburn man shot and killed a 22-year-old who reportedly drove onto the property by mistake. He was reported to be following a GPS direction that took him to the wrong location. Philip Sailor, who has now been charged with murder, said he thought it was an attempted home invasion.