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South Carolina Mother Shoots Man During Attempted Home Invasion

By Zack Stieber

A South Carolina mother of three shot a man who knocked down the door to her house in an attempted home invasion.

Ashley Jones told Fox that she heard someone banging on the door of her house in Anderson County on Nov. 1 around 6 a.m. She looked out the window but couldn’t see who was at the door, so she asked through the door who it was.

No one answered her but she heard people talking to each other so she grabbed her gun.

When she came back she saw a man knocking on her window.

“I yelled, ‘I have a gun, I will shoot you, get away from my house,’” Jones 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?'” Jones added to WSPA. “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.'”

Surveillance footage showed the man and his companion going to the back door and trying to enter that way but failed, so they circled around the front and the man kicked in the front door. That’s when Jones pulled the trigger.

“I would’ve killed him if I had to,” she told Fox. “If I didn’t have a weapon, I wouldn’t have been able to fight him off.”

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride praised Jones for protecting her family and house, noting that laws give homeowners the right to defend themselves and their property.

Suspect Arrested

The man was identified as Cecil Charles Parnell, 43.

He was arrested, charged with first-degree burglary, and taken to the Anderson County Detention Center, police told the Anderson Independent Mail.

A sheriff’s office deputy gave Parnell first aid near the house after he was shot in the right shoulder.

A neighbor told deputies that Parnell and the woman he was with tried entering their home prior to going to Jones home the same morning. The female companion was not charged.

 
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