An Oroville mother who shot and killed an intruder in July is sharing her story for the first time. “I did exactly what I needed to do,” Haley Cherms said. She describes “living in a nightmare,” ever since a night in July changed her life. It happened on July 24 around 3:30 a.m. Cherms and her husband, David Sidebottom, and their two young children and godson were all asleep at their home in Oroville. The baby was sleeping in the bed with her mom and dad. The alarm went off, so, with his baby in his arms, David got up to see what was going on. Haley followed them out into the living room. They did not see what was on their home surveillance camera. There was a masked man holding a large gun, peeking into the windows, moving children’s toys, and looking under plants for keys. Sidebottom handed Cherms the baby, then went to the back door by the kitchen and opened it up and see if he could see something. The masked man wearing gloves popped up and pointed the gun at David, and pushed his way in the home. He demanded to know who else was in the home. However, Sidebottom didn’t tell him. From a hallway across the living room, Cherms saw that the man had a gun pointed at her husband, but in a stroke of good fortune, the intruder did not see her. “He was yelling, like, he was very aggressive,” Cherms said. “I just kind of clutched my baby to keep her really quiet and just kind of tip-toed down the hall as fast as I could.” The robber, later identified as 33-year-old Cody Faunce, of Oroville, demanded Sidebottom’s keys. But after getting the keys, he didn’t leave. “Honestly my mind frame was to give him the keys and get him out of the house, Sidebottom said. “After he started smashing stuff, I didn’t know what was going to happen after that.” Cherms went straight to her bedroom and to her gun safe by her bed. Her hands were shaking, but she was able to get to her weapon. [full article]
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