A South Carolina woman used her handgun last week to defend her home and her three sleeping children against a burglar who had kicked in her front door.
Security camera footage shows Cecil Charles Parnell, 43, along with an unidentified woman, attempting to break into the home owned by Ashley Jones. Jones told WSPA she heard banging on her front door and two people speaking on the porch.
“He was like, ‘this is my house, let me in. I’m not going to hurt you’ kind of thing, and I was like ‘What do you want?’” Jones said. “After I called the police, I grabbed a gun and went to the top of the steps and was like, ‘I have a gun. I will shoot you. Do not come in my house.’”
Jones said Parnell went around to her back door, but the lock prevented him from entering the house. The man returned to the front door and continued his attempts to force his way inside the home.
At that point “something just came over me, and I got calm,” Jones told FOX Carolina. “My heart slowed down and I got focused. I told myself if he comes in here, you can’t let him get past your doorstep. You have three young children to protect.”
Parnell eventually succeeded in kicking in the door, but quickly discovered Jones’ threats weren’t idle. Security footage shows Parnell being shot in the shoulder, and the man runs away… right into the hands of the police who had just arrived.
Officials told Fox Carolina that Parnell was charged with burglary first degree and booked in the Anderson County Detention Center. His injuries are non-life-threatening. Sheriff Chad McBride praised Jones for her actions and said she won’t face any charges.
Jones told FOX that while she hoped she would never have to use her gun, she’s glad she bought it, and she would have been willing to do even more to protect her kids. She also mentioned that she’s received firearms training and taught her children to avoid her firearm.
“Any mother is going to protect their kid any way they need to, so that’s what I did,” she said. “I would’ve killed him if I had to. If I didn’t have a weapon, I wouldn’t have been able to fight him off.”