That's when she pulled out a loaded .38-caliber Ruger handgun out of her coat pocket and threatened to shoot him to death, giving him to the count of five before she would shoot. The man then fled. She then sent her dog after him.
It was the first day she had carried a gun concealed, outside the home.
From an article and news video:
Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday the woman was at Lake Sacajawea with her 6-year-old son and a dog when a man approached her aggressively while masturbating and suggested she should watch him.
Instead the woman grabbed her gun, a Ruger .380. She's never carried it to the park, she told the paper, but fog and darkness prompted her to bring it.
"My son was facing me in my stroller and I had the magazine in my gun, but it wasn't locked in place," she said. "So I locked it in place and cocked it and pointed it at him and told him he had five seconds and I was going to shoot him."
Longview police detective Kyle Sahim said officers had not found the man Thursday evening but were investigating several suspects.
(a related article and news video)
While the man's actions are a serious offense, were they worthy of a potential death sentence?