An inmate who escaped a South Carolina jail was shot dead after he kicked in the back door to a woman’s house earlier this morning, authorities report.
Pickens County Inmate Bruce McLaughlin Jr., was shot dead mere minutes after he fled from PCSO custody around 3 AM on Tuesday morning.
Still clad in his prisoner orange jumpsuit, he was gunned down by the woman as he approached her bedroom.
“This was a big guy. If she hadn’t had a weapon there’s no telling what would have happened,” Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said. “I gave her a big hug. I told her how proud I was of her.”
The 30-year-old prisoner had joined forced with another inmate and beaten up two guards in a break for freedom. The second prisoner was quickly recaptured without incident.
The guards are expected to return to duty relatively unharmed, and it should be noted that other inmates rushed to help them when they were attacked.
According to ABC News, the woman’s identity is being withheld, and she was reportedly shaken up about taking someone’s life. Despite this, Sheriff Clark believes the shooting is justified and referred to the woman as a “shining example” as to why the citizenry should be armed.
“She came out on the good on this end and the other guy, the bad guy, didn’t,” Clark said.
A career criminal, McLaughlin was a frequent visitor to the Pickens County Jail.