While this incident out of Akron, Ohio, appears to have been a wholly justified home defense shooting, there’s a weird backstory here to think about.
A 56-year-old woman was at home with her visiting son when the doorbell rang. Her son went to answer it and discovered a man attempting to force his way through the door. The woman called 911 as her son confronted the intruder. Very shortly into the call, a gunshot can be heard.
“He broke in the house and my son had to push him out the door and he still wouldn’t leave,” the woman tells the dispatcher. “My son had to shoot the guy! He’s breaking in the house!”
“And he doesn’t know who it is?” asks the dispatcher.
“No, honey! We don’t know!” the woman replies in distress.
According to the Fox8 report about the full recording, the son can also be heard telling the man to leave and trying to hold the door closed. When the intruder pulled the door open, refusing to leave, he fired a second shot. The man died at the scene.
As it was later discovered, the intruder was 41-year-old Daniel Jones, who had no history of arrests, was a father and the son of a local pastor, and lived in the house directly behind the one he was trying to break into. Not your typical burglar.
“Even though their properties may abut to each other, she still didn’t know who it was and this guy is trying to get into the house for whatever reason. We may never know why he was trying to get into the house,” said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.
No charges have been filed against the woman or her son.