Mother-of-three shoots man trying to enter her home, says: "I would've killed him if I had to"
The woman came to the door, peeked through her window and asked who was there. When she did not get any response, she went to call the police.
A woman from South Carolina shot a man who was attempting to break into her house on Thursday morning, local authorities said. The mother-of-three, identified as Ashley Hones, was reportedly at her home with her children in Anderson County when she heard someone loudly banging at the door at 6 in the morning.
Jones came to the door, peeked through her window and asked who was there. When she did not get any response, she went to call the police after clearly hearing a man and a woman talking right outside.
Jones, while talking to WSPA, said: "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?' 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.''
A surveillance video of the incident showed a man, later identified as 43-year-old Cecil Charles Parnell, banging on Jones' door as someone walked behind him in the background. Jones said that she gradually watched the man wander to the back door and attempting to open the sliding screen, which was locked. Jones was reportedly alone in the house with her three children who were sleeping.
The video then shows Parnell walking back to the front door as he tries to kick the door in. Moments after he kicks in the door, Jones shoots him in the shoulder and he can be seen running off in the clip.
"Something just came over me, and I got calm. 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," Jones said to WHNS. "I would've killed him if I had to."
"Any mother is going to protect her kid any way she can. And that's what I did," Jones added.
Reports state that Parnell's shoulder injury is not considered life-threatening. He has been charged with first-degree burglary and is being held at the Anderson County Center. The woman with him during the incident has not been charged.