A South Carolina mother of three protected her children and her home with her firearm when a stranger attempted to enter her house last week.
At 6:30 a.m. last Thursday, Ashley Jones says she heard someone banging on the door of her home in Anderson County, South Carolina, Fox Carolina reports.
After investigating the noise, Jones called 911 and grabbed her gun. She says she walked downstairs and saw a man in a red shirt knocking on her window by the front door.
“I yelled, 'I have a gun, I will shoot you, get away from my house,'” Jones said.
She described how the man and a second person attempted to enter the home through the back door and then the garage door. Returning to the front, the man kicked the door in, and Jones fired her weapon. She says she hit the invader and he ran away.
“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.
She added that if he had continued to enter her home, she would have fired again.
“I would’ve killed him if I had to.”
After the incident, Jones said she's glad to be a gun owner and to have the proper training to use her weapon.
"If I didn't have a weapon, I wouldn’t have been able to fight him off," Jones said.
Police have the primary suspect in custody and say his wounds are not life-threatening. There is no known connection between the suspect and the homeowner.
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