‘Top Gun’ star Kelly McGillis assaulted by intruder at her North Carolina home

Actress Kelly McGillis was surprised June 17 by an intruder at her North Carolina home.
(Victoria Will / Associated Press)

Kelly McGillis, best known as Tom Cruise’s love interest in “Top Gun,” came home to an intruder in her North Carolina house and wound up scratched and bruised after fleeing frantically to call for help.

Since that incident last Friday, the 58-year-old actress has been granted an emergency concealed-carry gun permit and has 45 days to make it all official.

McGillis painted a dramatic picture of the June 17 incident in a Facebook post the day after it happened. After noticing an odd light on and finding the front door unlocked when she got home that Friday night, she noticed two pairs of sandals inside the house, one large and one small. “Called out hello several times,” she wrote. “I was trying to get rid of the stuff in my hand to better assess what was going on when a stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said 'you know why you've been stalking me in Twitter.' Not true.”

McGillis said she got worried that the woman might not be alone, then panicked when she started thinking about the “quite a few guns and lots of ammo” in the house and realized that if an intruder had one of the guns, she could be shot.

“I ran out the front door and called 911. She ran out after me and began punching and scratching my trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me. I still had my car keys in my hand so I set off the car alarm. That distracted her enough to throw the cell and try to deal with the keys. More fighting ensued. I got the cell phone back and dialed 911 again. More fighting. And she once again had the cell phone. I finally broke away, got in the truck and drove off trying to find a neighbor to call 911.”

McGillis’ initial terror and eventually her description of what had happened and her tears of shock can be heard in the 911 recording embedded above.

Laurence Marie Dorn (Henderson County Sheriff's Office)

Laurence Marie Dorn of Clinton, Ill., was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication, according to the sheriff’s arrest report.  She was still being held Friday in Henderson County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bond.

“I'm alright. Scratched and bruise. I feel very thankful it turned out well. … But who I feel heartache for is the little girl that was with her,” McGillis wrote. “Mental illness takes many hostages. I don't know her name...but I would like to asked that you pray for her and her mother.”

On Thursday night, McGillis shared photographic proof of her first target practice, which is part of getting her concealed-carry permit approved. It appears she's a decent shot, putting 25 of 30 bullets in the center of the target.

“What happened to her was very real, and she was able to get that emergency permit. … We’re not doing anything we wouldn’t do if she were any other citizen,” said Maj. Frank Stout of the Henderson County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office.

In cases such as this, a judge has the right to issue an emergency permit, he said, and McGillis has 45 days to complete the concealed-carry process, which includes safety training.


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