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Inmate escapes from jail — but realizes he picks wrong door to kick in when he finds armed woman behind it


"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." — Lemony Snicket

An escaped county inmate is killed after breaking into a home in South Carolina and being shot by an armed woman. (Image source: WPXI-TV video screenshot)

An escaped inmate is dead after reportedly breaking down a woman's door on Tuesday.

What are the details?

According to WPXI-TV, Bruce McLaughlin Jr., 30, reportedly broke into the victim's home in Pickens, South Carolina, during the early hours of Tuesday morning. McLaughlin then approached the woman's bedroom armed with a knife sharpener, still clad in his orange prison suit.

The unnamed woman, who was the only one home at the time, met McLaughlin at her door and fatally shot him in the head.

The Associated Press reported that the woman had previous firearms training, and possessed a concealed carry permit.

Additionally, McLaughlin reportedly escaped from the jail along with a fellow inmate after attacking two prison guards. While McLaughlin was killed, authorities captured fellow inmate Timothy Dill without incident. The AP reported that Dill — who was previously charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor — now faces kidnapping and assault and battery charges.

McLaughlin, who had been in and out of the Pickens County jail about a dozen times, was awaiting trial on burglary and grand larceny charges.

Pickens County Sheriff Ron Clark told the AP that if the woman hadn't been armed, things could have gone sideways.

"This was a big guy," Clark said. "If she hadn't had a weapon, there's no telling what would have happened."

He added, "I gave her a big hug. I told her how proud I was of her."

What else?

Clark said that the incident is under investigation, but he believes that the woman was justified in her shooting of the intruder.

According to the AP, the sheriff said that "'[t]his is the shining example' of why owning and knowing how to use a gun is important."

"She came out on the good on this end and the other guy, the bad guy, didn't," Clark added.

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