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Victims of violent home invasion relieve the ordeal for a cable TV show

The victims of a violent home invasion in Louisville are reliving the ordeal.  A crew from the Discovery Channel is profiling the family for a series that focuses on the use of 911.  The family also met the dispatcher who answered their call for help on the night of the home invasion.

Latonia Lumpknis says that night, "I woke up to gunshots."  She and her family are reliving one of the worst days of their lives.  "I thought I was dreaming," she says.

It didn't take long for Lumpkins to realize this was no dream:  "And I sat up on the edge of the bed and I looked and I saw the big guy standing over my son -- I saw him shoot him."

In May of this year, two men broke into the family's home on Colin Avenue in south Louisville and shot her son and his friend.  Lumpkins says, "I grabbed my phone and I sat on the floor beside the bed."

Lumpkins eventually crawled under the bed and dialed 911.  As dispatcher Shelia Chambers explains, "My whole thing was 'keep her safe.'"  For the next 13 minutes, dispatcher Shelia Chambers tried to keep Lumpkins calm until police arrived.

Tuesday, Lumpkins and Chambers met in person for the first time.  It turns out the Lumpkins weren't the only ones worried that night.  Chambers says, "She couldn't see me and she probably couldn't hear that I was nervous, but I was just as nervous as she was."

The Lumpkins are also sharing their story with the Discovery Channel.  As producer Hani Shafi explains, "They just launched a new network called Investigation Discovery."  The series focuses on 911 dispatchers.  "We like to showcase them at their best," Shafi says, "and so we try to pick stories where calls are made as an event is unfolding and from the moment that call is made, it ends as best it can."

Meanwhile, Latonia Lumpkins believe the men were looking for money because her son had recently won a half-million dollar discrimination lawsuit:  "It was eight of us in the house -- they should be charged with eight counts."

So a perfect ending for her will include a conviction.  Monday, the two suspects in the case, Marcus Swan and DanDre Owens, were in court.  Lumpkins says, "We want them to get the maximum sentence for every charge."

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