The most important sentence in the entire piece: "She tried to call 911, but couldn't because the power was off."
He cut the power to the house after he broke in. Granted this is not the norm but the point is this: You cannot (and should not) rely on 911 to save you. They won't get there fast enough and they do not even have the obligation to help you.
"I will not be filing any sort of charge against this 57-year-old woman, who was clearly justified under the law in shooting this intruder in her home," Swingle said.
Wow. Color me unimpressed. You should be giving her the key to the city.