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Woman kills prison escapee kicking in her door

December 5, 2018 US 0 Views Bruce McLaughlin Jr. and Timothy Dill (Pickens County Sheriff's Office via AP) Copyright 201…

Bruce McLaughlin Jr. and Timothy Dill (Pickens County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – An inmate who had escaped a few minutes earlier from a prison violence in South Carolina was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked into her back door, said the local sheriff.

Inmaten was still in his orange jail jumpsuit and had taken a knife grinder from the woman’s kitchen in Pickens as he led his bedroom around 3 o’clock on Tuesday, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said.

“It was a big guy. If she had not had a weapon, no one was telling what had happened,” said Clark. “I gave her a big hug. I told her how proud I was of her.

The woman was alone at home and had gone through training to get a hidden weapon, said Clark.

Bruce McLaughlin Jr., 30, died from a shot to head, Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said.

McLaughlin and a second inmate, Timothy Dill, picked up two guards in a flight they had planned for days, Clark said at a press conference.

Dill was resumed by deputies without the incident at about the same time McLaughlin was shot, but the two went on the opposite directions, said the sheriff.

The guards had bruises and one complained about a sore back but they should recover, said Clark.

Inmates tried to help the guards while attacking, Clark said.

McLaughlin and Dill stole the guards and locked them in a room, but inmates broke the door down, said the sheriff.

Dill is deployed alongside two degrees of kidnapping and first degree abuse and infection and other charges ter.

McLaughlin had been in and out of Picken County prison about a dozen times of accusations ranging from drug possession to assaulting a police to shoplifting. He was currently awaiting trial on the first degree of burglary and grand larceny charges, according to the sheriff’s office record.

Dill waited for trial on a criminal sexual behavior with a smaller charge.

The Sheriff said that the homeowner was shaken by shooting and asked him to help her maintain his integrity. He did not release his name.

Clark said he thinks the shot is justified, but will forward the case to prosecutors when the investigation is complete.

“This is the shining example” of why owning and knowing how to use a gun is important, said the sheriff.

“She came out on the good at the end and the other guy, the bad guy, did not,” said Clark.

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