Grandmother uses Semi-Automatic Rifle to Hold Suspect for Police

Ruger 10/22 Used to Capture Suspect in Limestone County, AL ( Screen Snip from WAAY 31ABC)

Alabama -( On 17 June, 2019, in Limestone County, Alabama, the police had been pursuing a stolen vehicle. The driver crashed the vehicle and fled. Four hours later, a 15 year old girl spotted the suspect and immediately told her 75-year-old grandmother. Marcia Black got her Ruger 10-22 rifle and confronted the suspect, Cameron Powers, in her driveway. Then she held him for police. From

About four hours after deputies say Cameron Powers crashed a stolen car during a high-speed chase on E & L Lane, he showed up in Black’s grandmother’s driveway.

“He didn’t have a shirt on and didn’t have any shoes on,” Allie Ruth Black said.

Black spotted Powers and immediately called 9-1-1, while her 75-year-old grandmother, Marcia, got her rifle and confronted the man about the crash that happened just down the road from her home.

“He said, ‘No, ma’am, I don’t know what you’re talking about,'” Black said. “And she said, ‘Well, I’m going to need you to lay down in the grass.’”

When the man kept moving closer to her home, Black’s grandmother reacted.

“She shot up in the air and he hit the ground as hard as he could,” Black said.

The police came and arrested Powers. We know the rifle make because 15-year-old Allie showed it to the reporter.

The home is in a rural area in Alabama.

Marcia Black fired a warning shot to obtain compliance with her demands to Powers. In this case, the warning shot worked; the suspect complied.

A warning shot poses less danger in a rural area. Fired into the air or into the ground, there is a lower possibility of the bullet hitting a human or destroying property.

A .22 shot into the air can still do significant damage when it lands, but the velocity will have been reduced.

Marcia used a variation of the popular Ruger 10-22 semi-automatic rifle.

While a .22 rimfire may not be the first choice in a self defense firearm, the rifle is easy to shoot, very accurate, and powerful enough to deliver fatal wounds. Many people have been killed with .22 rimfires. A .22 rimfire semi-automatic is capable of rapid, accurate followup shots. Three hits with a .22 deliver as much energy as one with a 9mm.

.22 sem-automatic rifles are extremely popular. They are the most common type of action for .22 rifles in the United States. Because they are a simple blowback type of action, they are cheaper to manufacture than bolt action, pump action, or lever action guns. The simplest bolt action single shot rifles may be a little less expensive.

Magazines with capacities of 10, 25, 30, or 50 rounds are available for the Ruger 10-22 type rifles. In the video from WAAVTV, only a 10 round magazine was seen.

Many variations and clones of the Ruger 10/22 have been made over the years. This rifle has much in common with the Ruger’s collector series 10/22, but it has the open rear sight instead of the peep sight.

Perhaps an alert reader can tell us what variation it is.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Welcome home mr weingarten!
10/22s are something everyone should have at least one me the 10rd cube is the most reliable then the ruger 25rd mag.
Dont use blunt projectile rounds in a 25rd because fail to feed can happen.and with a 22lr think at least 3 per customer,,,

Peter M. Cromwell

That 10/22 would, of course, be considered a “Semi-Automatic Assault Weapon, Capable of Accepting Detachable High-Capacity Magazines of greater-than 10 Rounds !” by the Dem/Lib/Prog/Soc/Communists.


Must be fake news. Mike, Shannon and Moms demand action from Illegal Mayors all say (with a straight face) that the bad guy would have just take the gun away and used it against her, or she would have just shot her self or someone in her family.

rich z

If a PROGRESSIVE moves to YOUR state , Make sure he doesn’t leave walking.

James Andrews

Good one!


Looks like the Copper/Mica 10/22. I have one, sans scope.

Deplorable Bill

Wow, another good day to be armed. A good day for Graney and her family. She successfully defended herself, her home, her neighbors and helped the police catch the bad guy. Had she been somewhere else in the U.S. she could have gone to jail for having and using a assault rifle. How about being able to use a high capacity magazine? If she lived in communist california she might still be in jail. Firing a warning shot into the air? I guess she had listened to presidential hopeful Biden who said it was OK to fire a warning shot.… Read more »


Yes, it is against the law in Cali to resist crime and being a resident means they automatically surrender their 2A but they can lawfully have a great big sack of meth and sell it right in broad daylight in the street in front of everybody because meth is good and guns are bad in California. If a person has a gun in one hand and a gallon bag of meth in the other police will swoop in and steal your gun leaving you with only the meth. Meth is a right in Cali.


Calizuela, Oregon and Washington together form the “Popole’s Democratic Republic of the Left Coast.”


This happened in my County. Unless someone has legal restrictions, and comply, just about EVERYbody here has at least one firearm in the home, some open carry, and a great many CC. I’m pretty certain there would only have been one warning shot then empty the mag into him. The punk is fortunate to have followed her orders, otherwise the story would read much differently.


A warning shot should always be fired into the centre of seen mass!
Solves a lot of problems and a lot of taxpayer dollars.


I own all the roads around here for miles so am my own police since all is private in every direction for miles those getaway guys tend to stay inside police jurisdiction due to the hostile “Deliverance Movie” type treatment they could receive out here in the Badlands. We’re bored, just looking for something to have fun with. Granny out here woulda killed that sob. Well, gotta get back to my banjo playin.