A grandmother was beaten and grazed with a shotgun pellet during a home invasion Friday night, but she fought back and escaped the attack through her sheer will to survive.
“I was not going to be executed in my own home,” said Cece Coffee.
Still bruised and bloody from the robbery, the Peachtree City woman invited Channel 2′s Carl Willis into her home and detailed her brush with death.
“I think it was grannies gone wild,” said Coffee. “I don’t think they expected that amount of energy or strength from me because I would grab his wrist and block his blows.”
Police said two men armed with a shotgun entered her home through an unlocked door Friday night.
Coffee said the men believed she had a safe in her home, possibly because she owns a business in town.
She said she decided to fight back when one of the men got rough.
“I was saying, ‘You’re not going to shoot me,’” she recalled. “‘I have no safe. You need to leave now while you can.’”
Coffee said the men grew angrier as she resisted and dragged her into a bedroom.
That’s when she said one of the men started ripping cords out of the wall to tie her up and began searching for a blanket to throw over her head.
“I think it threw him off that I wouldn’t submit,” she said. “I was not going to be tied up, and I was not going to have a blanket put over my head. I was not going to be executed that way.”
Hearing the commotion, her friend Jeff Young entered from the den, distracting the robbers just for a moment.
That’s when Coffee said she made a run for it.
She only got about 15 feet out of her home when she heard a shot.