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Valarie Williams tells 13 ABC's Christine Long that it is nothing short of a miracle that Officers Tom Reinhart and Jason Picking found her at the moment she thought she was going to die.

Williams went to the Public Safety Building Thursday morning and thanked the two officers in person. She now wants the whole city to know that they are the reason she's turning her life around.    

 "I'm laying there on the ground staring down the barrel of a shotgun this close to my face. This close!" Williams says as she describes her traumatizing night.

She says what happened to her at a home on Page Street is the wake-up call for her life.

The mother of three, who was heading down a "path of destruction," says she was at a party with friends when she says 43-year-old Thomas Bean was drunk, angry, and started fighting with her for no reason.

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"I walked down the stairs and was walking down the street and he came out of the house with a shotgun," says Williams.

Before she knew it, she fell to the ground and Bean had a shotgun pointed at her head. Williams says she prayed he wouldn't pull the trigger.

"Once I grabbed the barrel of the shotgun, that's when it was like an angel came or something because the cops pulled up," says Williams.

Williams says Bean then got off of her.

She was still in shock as an officer shot and killed Bean. Police say Bean had pointed his gun at the police officers.

Williams says Officers Tom Reinhart and Jason Picking are her heroes.

She met the two this morning at the Public Safety Building.    

"I demanded to see them," says Williams.  "So they brought them to me because I wanted to know and I wanted to see the faces of the officers that saved my life because if they ... (pause) They weren't even called! They just happened to go down that street just doing their regular patrol over there because it's a very bad area."

She says it's a very bad area and a bad life she'll never go back to.

"You two cops are the reason why I can sit here and say that I'm alive and I will be able to see my kids," says Williams.

Williams now plans to move to North Carolina, where her mom lives with Williams' three kids.

She plans to finish her criminal justice degree and maybe become a homicide detective.

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