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An 82-year-old woman took her intruder by surprise when she managed to subdue him, armed with a table, when he entered her home.

Willie Murphy was getting ready for bed a little after 11 p.m., when she says that a man began pounding on her door.

"He was outside and saying, 'Please call an ambulance,' saying, 'I'm sick, I'm sick,'" she told WHAM.

When she would not let her inside, the intruder became angry, but Murphy had already managed to call the police.

"I hear a loud noise," she said. "I'm thinking, 'What the heck was that? The young man is in my home. He broke the door... He picked the wrong house to break into," she said.

When he entered her home, she said she was able to hide as the suspect walked through her house, she grabbed the closest thing to her hand, which just happened to be a table.

"I picked up the table, and I went to work on him," she said. 'The table broke. And when he's down," she continued, "I'm jumping on him."

After seeing that the suspect was injured, she then fled to the bathroom to grab a bottle of shampoo.

"I grabbed the shampoo," she said. "Guess what? He's still on the ground. In his face, all of it, the whole thing. I got the broom," she continued. "He's pulling the broom. I'm hitting him with the broom."

Officers arrived where the perpetrator was then taken to a nearby hospital, and Murphy, who can deadlift 225lbs, was applauded by first responders.

"The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me," she said.