A daycare owner in Oxford, Ala., is being hailed as a hero after she refused to let a man with a gun enter the building - even after he allegedly loaded a riflle and threatened to kill her.
Police say 23-year-old Daniel Turner, of Anniston, drove to Friendship Childcare Center at about 1:30 p.m. where he demanded access to his daughter.
The daycare's owner, who police say knew Turner was supposed to have had a protection from abuse order filed against him, blocked him from entering the building, reported WIAT. The owner told police she didn't want to be identified.
"She wouldn't let him come inside," Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Wade told WBRC . "He threatened to drive his vehicle through the daycare. She still wouldn't let the man come inside."
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Wade told the station Turner then took out a long rife, loaded it and told the owner he would kill her and shoot up the building if she didn't hand over the child.
The owner didn't budge. She just called 911.
When the call came in over the radio, deputies, police and even a game warden rushed over to the scene, reported AL.com
Turner had already fled. The owner told authorities she had told instructors to barricade the children in a room, and that Turner had threatened to drive his truck through the building, AL.com reported.
"She's a hero ... She's a hero and she stood up to him and to boot while this is going on she directed all her workers to be getting children into a safe room," Wade said, according to ABC 33/40.
Police already knew who Turner was, and the sheriff called him on a cellphone and personally asked him to come in for questioning. He did so, and police spoke to him for some hours before he was charged with menacing, according to jail records.
"I call her a hero,'' the sheriff told the site. "In today's world, you don't know how you would react, but you hope you would react the way she did."