ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. – A South Carolina mother took action after she heard a man attempting to break into her home. She shot the home intruder.
Ashley Jones of Anderson County told FOX Carolina she heard someone banging at her door early on Thursday. As a result, the mother-of-three said she called 911 and got her gun. Moreover, she said she saw a man banging at her door when she peered out the window and issued a warning.
“I yelled, ‘I have a gun, I will shoot you, get away from my house,’” Jones said.
She said she used her gun after the intruder kicked her door in, forcing his way into her home. Video surveillance outside her home captured the incident.
“Something just came over me, I got calm and my heart slowed down.”
– Ashley Jones
“So then he kicks the door in as soon as he kicks the door in and tries to take a step in my house that’s when I shot him and he ran off,” she recalled. “Something just came over me, I got calm and my heart slowed down.”
The protective mother said she “would’ve killed him if I had to” if the intruder tried to come inside her home. She said she was thankful she had protection because she didn’t think she could fight off the man.
“I wouldn’t have been able to fight him off.”
– Ashley Jones
Jones said she was initially hesitant to be a gun owner and hoped she never had to use it. She took steps to train with the firearm and taught her children to avoid it. But after the events that unfolded Thursday morning, Jones said she is glad to be a gun owner.
“Because if I didn’t have any kind of weapons I don’t know what I would have did. That guy was kind of big,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to fight him off. I never thought I would have to shoot that gun, ever,” she continued.
The woman successfully hit her target. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The intruder was later identified as Cecil Charles Parnell, 42, of Anderson. Consequently, he was charged with first-degree burglary and booked in the Anderson County Detention Center, FOX Carolina reported.
A female accompanied the suspect during the commission of the crime. As a result of her involvement, she may face charges.
“Any mother is going to protect her kid any way she can. And that’s what I did,” Jones told WSPA.
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said there is no known connection between the suspect and the homeowner and praised Jones for protecting her family and her home.
McBride told FOX Carolina they got the call around 6 a.m. Thursday and were trying to figure out what exactly happened.
He says Jones was prepared and did what she should have done. He also emphasizes that anyone who has access to firearms should have proper training as part of being a responsible gun owner.
McBride also says defending your home against intruders is hard if you try and shoot culprits in the leg or arm; he says you need to do what you have to do, and with several laws governing self-defense, homeowners who are armed have the right to defend themselves or others on their property.
McBride also said the primary suspect is in stable condition and his wounds are not too serious. He also said both people seen in the surveillance video are facing charges.