Jailhouse guards weren’t able to keep one inmate under wraps, but they won’t have to worry about it now that a citizen shot and killed the con when he broke into her home.
Mere hours after Bruce McLaughlin Jr. and another inmate beat up a couple of guards and escaped from the Pickens County Jail, McLaughlin kicked in the back door of a home where he was hoping to take refuge, but the homeowner was having none of that.
After the escapee broke into the house, he rummaged through the kitchen and found a knife sharpener. He then navigated through the house to the woman’s bedroom. The woman, who had undergone defensive firearm training, responded by shooting him to death.
"This was a big guy. If she hadn't had a weapon there's no telling what would have happened," Sheriff Rick Clark said, calling the armed citizen “a shining example” of a law-abiding gun owner.