LOGANVILLE, Ga. (CNN) -- An armed mother shoots a home invader and the dramatic confrontation is recorded in a call to 911.
A father and husband's nightmare plays out.
"She shot him. She's shooting him. She's shooting him. She's shooting him. She's shooting him," he repeated.
Away at work, Donnie Herman called 911 with his wife Melinda at home in Loganville, Georgia with their two children hiding in their attic from a daytime intruder.
He heard everything over the phone when the intruder confronted them.
"Shoot him again! Shoot him! Oh, no," you can hear Herman say on the recorded call.
His wife was armed with a .38 caliber handgun they kept in a safe. She fired all six shots, hitting the intruder 5 times.
Sheriff Joe Chapman believes the mother had no choice and in defending herself and her children, acted properly.
"Had it not turned out the way that it did, I would possibly be working a triple homicide, not having a clue as to who it is we're looking for," Chapman said.
The suspect, identified as Paul Ali Slater, broke in with a crowbar.
He still managed to flee after being shot, driving off the road a short distance away.
Herman told affiliate WSB his wife and children were unharmed.
"My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner," he said.
The sheriff says there were some unintended consequences. They're now reluctant figures in a national debate over guns.
Just two weeks before, the sheriff says Donnie Herman took his wife to a shooting range to teach her how to handle a gun.
You can hear him talking about it on the 911 call.
"Just remember everything that I showed you, everything I taught you, all right?" he said.
They were words of comfort to his frightened wife, seconds before she pulled the trigger.
Local authorities say they and the couple received calls of support from all over the country.