“Any mother is going to protect her kid any way she can. And that’s what I did,” said Ashley Jones, a South Carolina woman whose three kids were sleeping in her house while she got into a gunfight with a stranger.
As shown in her security camera footage (which you can watch below), a strange man, accompanied by a woman, began banging on Jones’ door around 6:00 a.m. on November 1. Immediately, Jones knew something was wrong and was quick to call the police.
“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?'” said Jones. “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.'”
When Jones didn’t unlock the front door, the man attempted to go around the back and try the back door, which was also locked. He then came back to where he started, on the front patio, and forced entry.
“Finally, he kicked the door in and tried walking towards the inside, and that’s when I shot him,” she said.
The surveillance footage captured the whole thing (1:35 in that video). You can see the man react as the round hits his shoulder. At that point, the man attempted to run off, but police were already there. He was taken into custody and treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Jones says both the man and the woman were complete strangers to her. She’s also very grateful that she had a gun, which her family had decided to purchase only a few months prior to this event.
No word yet on whether any charges will be filed in this case.