Woman shoots man who reached into car and tried to steal purse in Texas: Police

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
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Woman shoots suspected robber who reached for purse, police say

HOUSTON -- A woman shot one of the men who tried to steal her purse through her driver's side window as she sat in the parking lot of her complex in Houston, Texas.

Police say Lachelle Hudgins had just parked her vehicle outside her home when two men reached through her driver's side window and grabbed her purse. Before they could take it, Hudgins frantically reached into her bag and grabbed her gun.

"I couldn't do anything except scream. At one point, they told me to stop screaming, and he reached his hand inside my car," Hudgins explained.

WATCH: Woman explains what happened during the attempted robbery in Houston

Officials say she fired two rounds and the men ran away.

"It was all I had in my gun. I shot until I couldn't shoot anymore," Hudgins said.

A short time later, authorities received a call about a man found shot on the other side of the complex.

The suspect underwent surgery. He's expected to face aggravated robbery charges.

Hudgins said that she still can't believe she survived an attempted robbery unscathed.

"I saved my life," Hudgins said.