01 October 2019

Armed Real Estate Agent Shoots Attacker at House Showing

Commerce City, Colorado – A concealed carrying real estate agent has survived an attack from the very man she was showing an open house to.

Dawna Hetzler, an experienced real estate agent of 14 years, arrived at the Aspen Condominiums on Sunday for her 11:30am scheduled open house.

Ernest Chrisman arrived at the front door and appeared interested in the property and was asking detailed questions directly relating to the home.

“He was asking the right questions about how long it had been on the market. We talked about loans and what he might qualify for,” Hetzler said.

After touring the downstairs area with Chrisman, the two went upstairs to complete the showing.

Upon entering the master bedroom, Chrisman pulled out a large knife and cornered Hetzler.

The now knife wielding attacker pulled out a six-inch rope and ordered Hetzler into the closet, but she wasn’t going to give up that easy.

Hetzler drew her firearm, but in her hesitation the attacker was able to spray her in the eyes with bear spray.

Blinded and in extreme pain, Hetzler fired off a shot.

“He wanted me to take off my ring and go in the closet, and at that point, his intentions were deadly, in my opinion,” Hetzler said.


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