A Las Vegas woman shot her former boyfriend as he tried to break into her home last week.
Reports say that the woman called 911 after she heard the sound of someone kicking in her door. As soon as the man, who she calls her stalker, was able to break down the door, she immediately fired two shots at him. The man, identified as 22-year-old Douglas Eugene Jackson, was able to flee the scene but was eventually caught hiding in some bushes.
The woman claims that her past relationship with Jackson was far from a romantic one, and in a blog post about her encounter, she details some of what she has had to deal with.
“I’m writing this staring at the mess the police left for me, in a bit of a fog,” wrote the woman. “After 6 months of stalking and threats against my life my stalker finally snapped and decided to kick my door in and make good on his promise. Out of fear, the past month I had begun sleeping with a chair propped against my front door, to give myself a few extra precious seconds in case of emergency. I shudder to think how differently things might’ve turned out had I not barricaded the door.”
The woman goes on to explain how the incident unfolded and claims that she never felt so afraid in her left.
“For months of him evading the police I began to question whether he was unstoppable. Untraceable. Houdini, he would murder me and get away with it,” the victim wrote. “As of now I’m in a haze of guilt, surprise, relief and disbelief. I shook as the canines drag him out from his hiding place under a bush. I survived, where so many people do not. Holy shit, I survived.”
Jackson is now in police custody while the woman is coming back at critics who say she should have fired warning shots before she just fired at him.
“There are no warning shots, a gun is a deadly force, you only pull that trigger if you are in fear for your life and all other methods of deterring are gone,” the woman writes. “When he kicked my door in, there was no longer a deterrent preventing harm. Warning shots are dangerous and could hurt the unintended. This is not a Wild West movie. That's what responsible gun ownership is.”