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Retired widow in North Carolina holds burglary suspect at gunpoint

Police in North Carolina say suspected burglar who returned to a retired widow's home to apologize for robbing her found himself staring down the barrel of her gun. reports that Nathaniel Leatherwood, 26, of Georgia, allegedly stole a shotgun, cell phone and medication from Sue Johnson's Cherokee County home.

When Leatherwood returned to apologize for the alleged burglary, Johnson had no intention of letting him get away, according to the station.

"So I just pulled my gun out of my pocket and said I'm calling the sheriff's office," Johnson tells the station. "They're going to come pick you up. I'm not going to let this happen to an old, retired lady who lives alone."

Sheriff Keith Lovin, who had recently taught a gun course at Johnson's church, arrived on the scene and arrested Leatherwood, according to the report. He says he was relieved Johnson wasn't harmed.

"A medical emergency or whether it's a fire, whether it's an intruder, whether it's a natural disaster, I think sometimes citizens sometimes get complacent," Lovin tells

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