Philadelphia woman hears knock, shows she’s armed, police confiscate gun.

After her son was killed in 2008, Sherderian Sutton got…

After her son was killed in 2008, Sherderian Sutton got a Philadelphia license to carry a concealed weapon and a small Ruger pistol to protect herself and her surviving children.

On Monday, when police knocked on her door, Sutton hoped that they were bringing the news she’s waited two years to hear.

“I thought they were coming to my door to tell me they had my son’s murderer,” she said. “But they were coming to take me and my gun, and now I’m defenseless.”

Sutton, 38, of North Philadelphia, said that her troubles began last week, when workers from Wilco Cable came to her back door to ask for permission to work in her yard.

She’s never had cable, but told them that they could work through her back yard to connect her neighbors’ cable. Sutton said that she also asked the workers to never use the back door again.

On Monday, Sutton said, she was awakened by incessant pounding on her back door about 8 a.m. She looked out of the window and saw two men and a woman at her back door, peering in her window.

Scared, Sutton said she grabbed her gun and held it at her side as she answered the door.

She said that she never left her house and never raised the gun. Although they had no identification tags, Sutton said that the three identified themselves as Wilco workers and again asked permission to work on her property. She granted it, but asked why they continued to knock on her back door, despite her previous requests to use the front door.

Sutton said that the workers went about their business but three hours later, about 11:25 a.m., police came to her door. She said she let them in and they went through her house – with guns drawn – even pointing them at her 14- and 16-year-old children.

She said that she was taken into custody, held for 12 hours – from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. – and that her gun and her license to carry it were taken away from her.

According to court records, Sutton, who has no record, was charged with simple assault and possessing instruments of a crime, both misdemeanors.

Lt. Frank Vanore, police spokesman, said that according to the police report, the cable workers alleged that Sutton was pointing a gun at them when she opened the back door.

What neither side seems to dispute is that Sutton never left her house. Even though a citizen is not required to have a license to carry a firearm in his or her own house, Sutton did, and had both the license and her gun taken away as a result of the incident.

Vanore said that no matter if Sutton was in her home or not, pointing a gun at somebody “unless you are protecting yourself” is considered simple assault.

Sutton insists she never pointed the gun and wonders why, if the workers were scared, they continued to work on her property after she answered the door. Wilco representatives did not return a request for comment.

Source: Stephanie Farr for

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  • GSA

    I completely agree with Jeff’s statement. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Pointing a firearm at children?!.. Who more than likely, weren’t even mentioned by the so called witness. Roscoe P. Coltrane?

  • seems to me someone is not telling the truth. if she WAS NOT pointing her side arm at the CABLE GUY
    i dont see why this matter couldn’t be resolved in
    front of a the event the cable guy is unable to attend a court date on behalf of wilco due to wilco’s protocal this matter could be dismised,but one is forced to wonder who is at fault? was the the ball droped between the cable guy and his foreman? did the guy lie or fabricate
    a better story for his betters?”so too speak”
    or was it misunderstood by the foreman?
    “i mean someone called the cops and those cable guys were working and the cops showed up 3 days latter” this really sounds like work place story
    that got bigger and bigger and made its way back
    to a superviser a bit streched, but just for the record if i were the chief of police…i would want to be sure the person that filed that report
    was also the witness,and if not…. that was a oversite on the p.d.’s side.”thats the kind of oversite
    that gets people fired,lets face it nobody’s kid who is not doing anything wrong needs to have a gun stuck in their face! and its law enforcement’s
    job to make sure the person who filed the report
    is the witness.if not… WITHOUT a witness they had
    NO probable cause to go to her house in the first place,or stick a gun in anybodys face! LETS HOPE THATS NOT THE CASE, this is one of those things
    that sounds bad for all people involved. so it should be followed up until a resolve has been met.

  • Wjs

    Northern police depts are genuine a-holes.