PENDLETON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18/WLWT) — A Pendleton County EMT is thankful to be alive Friday after she was held at gunpoint in her own home by a suspect on the run.
“It happened so fast. I don't know what hit me in the head there, I just know I went down on the ground,” said Cherie Sullivan.
Sullivan was assaulted in her own kitchen.
It all started as sheriffs chased 31-year-old Charles Bruener.
He took off from this Shell station in a stolen car with guns and drugs.
Bruener crashed into a car right in front of Sullivan’s home, he knocked at the door, demanding keys to another car.
Sullivan tried to radio for help but couldn't.
“Cody's like here, just take my truck keys, just go, because at that time we was already in the kitchen and he already pushed me down,” said Sullivan.
“I'd rather give up my car than someone's life. I mean I really care about my stepmom,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan happened to be home, recovering from a wreck in February when a car hit an ambulance she was driving.
She's doing OK, with a few sore muscles. Her stepson's car is now a mangled mess, but they're thankful to have each other - after having a gun pointed right at them.
“He already had it cocked, so even if he didn't mean to he could have accidentally done it, so I just wanted to get him out as quick as I could,” said Sullivan.