An escaped inmate probably thought he would have an easy time taking over a home owned by a single woman, but he couldn’t have been more wrong.
Two South Carolina inmates, Bruce McLaughlin and Timothy Dill, planned to make their escape from the small prison in Pickens County for a few days. They made their move in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The two inmates assaulted the two prison guards between them and the fence and made their way outside the prison. Once they got outside, the two split up.
Dill only made it a half-mile before police captured him and returned him to the prison.
McLaughlin, on the other hand, went straight to a nearby home and worked on breaking down the door.
Unfortunately for McLaughlin, all the noise he made while breaking down the door woke the homeowner — and she was armed.
As McLaughlin made his way toward her room, she grabbed her gun. He made it to the doorway before he was shot in the head. Although the woman called 911 right after firing the gun, the man died while being airlifted to the hospital.
Sheriff Rick Clark called the woman a herom according to reports from WSPA 7 News and the Washington Post.
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“This is the shining example of what this lady did, took the time to get her [concealed weapons permit] and set herself up to be able to protect herself and not be harmed, killed or raped or whatever.”
Dill, the other escaped inmate, will face seven new charges from his 29-minute prison escape.
The woman won’t face any charges for McLaughlin’s death, as she fired the weapon in self-defense.