Woman arrested for firing gun claims Sheriff Clarke told her to protect herself

CREATED Jan 28, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - It all started with a radio ad: "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back, but are you prepared?"

Now a Milwaukee woman is trouble with the law after she claims the sheriff's message had her reaching for her gun.

Makisha Cooper is in the county jail tonight for a couple of gun violations. It's a case that normally wouldn't a get a lot of attention. But what she allegedly said about Sheriff Clarke in this criminal complaint puts her in the middle of a debate getting a lot of attention.

When TODAY'S TMJ4 stopped by Makisha Cooper's gated home we knew right away we were not welcome.

The sign out front says trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again.

On Saturday, Cooper was arrested for firing one shot into the air after getting into an argument with a relative.

She's now in the county jail for a couple of misdemeanor gun violations.

In the criminal complaint she is said to have quoted Sheriff Clarke. Cooper said she knows her rights regarding having a firearm because she heard Sheriff Clarke on the radio stating that she could own a gun to protect herself.

"My message is for law abiding citizens, not to go out and enforce the law," Sheriff Clarke said on CNN. "I said inside your home when the wolf is at the door and the intruder comes in."

Sheriff Clark says personal safety is a matter of individual responsibility.

Cooper was not following the law, according to police. She did not have a concealed carry permit and she was intoxicated.

Sheriff Clarke's response to Cooper's case was brief: "Read my personal safety message and tell me how this situation fits."