A South Carolina man is facing felony charges following an altercation last week that left him wounded and a mother of three relieved that she had a gun.
Cecil Charles Parnell, 43, is in the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in lieu of a $50,000 bond on charges of first-degree burglary after police say he kicked in a front door of a home and forced his way into the residence where a mom and her three sleeping children were inside.
Homeowner Ashley Jones told WSPA that Parnell, with an unidentified woman in tow, tried to get inside her house starting around 6 a.m. last Thursday morning.
“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?'” Jones said. “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.'”
After kicking in the door, Jone stayed true to her promise and shot Parnell, wounding him with non-life threatening injuries.
“Any mother is going to protect their kid any way they need to, so that’s what I did,” said Jones, whose family had only recently made the decision to buy a gun.
The woman who was with Parnell was not charged, Detective Nikki Carson told The Independent-Mail, reporting that a neighbor told investigators the same man had banged on her door attempting to get in earlier that morning.