'Top Gun' star is 'armed and ready' after terrifying home invasion

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'Top Gun' Actress Kelly McGillis Has Home Invasion

Kelly McGillis, the actress who played Tom Cruise's love interest in "Top Gun," is now "armed and ready" with a permit to carry a concealed weapon after surviving a terrifying home invasion during which she was "scratched and bruised."

"I'm still a bit shook up and struggling with some residual fear. I do have an alarm. I was complacent and didn't set it after living here four years and having nothing happen," McGillis wrote on Facebook last Saturday. "I have decided to get a conceal and carry permit."

She wrote on Thursday that the Henderson County Sheriff's Department has since rushed her through the conceal and carry course. Before that, the actress used Facebook share details about the creepy encounter with a deranged woman who broke into her secluded mountain home on June 17, and attacked her when McGillis tried to call 911.

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American actress Kelly McGillis in London, 15th May 1985. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
American actors Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and Kelly McGillis, as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Kelly McGillis sits at a desk in a scene from the film 'Top Gun', 1986. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Kelly McGillis folds her arms in a scene from the film 'Top Gun', 1986. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
American actors Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and Kelly McGillis, as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 1988: Actress Kelly McGillis poses during a 1988 Beverly Hills, California portrait photo session. McGillis, who has starred in such films as 'Witness' and 'Top Gun,' was promoting her new movie 'The Accused.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Adrian Pasdar sits in a boat and talks to Kelly McGillis in a scene from the film 'Grand Isle', 1991. (Photo by TNT/Getty Images)
Actress Kelly McGillis and parents Don Gillis and Joan McGillis attend the Los Angeles Cahpter of the National Organization for Women's Courage Awards Gala Honoring Kelly McGillis on December 1, 1988 at the University of California - Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 12: Actress Kelly McGillis attends the Brookly Academy of Music's Reopening of the Majestic Theater with a Performance of 'The Mahabharata' on October 12, 1987 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brookly, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Kelly McGillis attends the Pro-Choice Rally Weekend on April 9, 1989 at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 17: Actress Kelly McGillis arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time' held at Grauman''s Chinese Theatre on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Kelly McGillis attends the 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Kelly McGillis from 'Stake Land' poses for a portrait during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival on September 17, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Kelly McGillis attends 'Stake Land' Premiere during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 17, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Kelly McGillis speaks onstage during the 'Love Finds You in Sugar Creek, Ohio' panel discussion at the UP portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 11, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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The dramatic scene unfolded much like one in a horror movie. Here's the whole story in her own words.

When I arrived home on top of my mountain I notice the downstairs bathroom light was on (you can see it from the street). I didn't recall leaving it on but I was in there before I left brushing my teeth so I thought maybe I'd left it on. There weren't any cars around. I began collecting the bird feeders to bring them in for the night (we have hungry bears). When I put my key in the front door it was unlocked. I thought it was strange but I made up the story that maybe I had left it unlocked just as I had left the bathroom light on.

Upon entering the house I notice a pair of girls pink sandals and a black larger pair. I thought that maybe one of daughter was here because on of them has a key. Called out hello several times. 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.

At that moment I got worried that there may be someone else in the house with house with her. We have quite a few guns and lots of ammo and that's when I started to panic. Thinking that if they have one of them I 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. There was no one around since it was Friday night, so I chased someone in a car, kept flashing my lights and honking the horn. They finally pulled over and she made the 911 call for me. A truly good Samaritan. Dispatch told me to wait there for there for someone to arrive.

Too shorten this ever long story. She was apprehended. 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. 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.

McGillis, although best known for playing Charlie in 'Top Gun," has 51 acting credits on her resume, including a number of horror movies, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Recent titles include "Stake Land," "The Innkeepers," "We Are What We Are" and SyFy zombie series "Z Nation."

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