Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Home invader shot in Vermont

Dispatcher: WTF?

Meet Jerry Lee Jones, Jr. He's achieved room temperature since breaking into a Vermont home and being shot by the homeowner. Apparently Jones was extremely drunk and had been booted out of a friend's car after trying to pick a fight with him. He attempted to break into the Hoover home by tossing a wrought-iron chair through a window.

Mr. Hoover's wife was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher when the shots were fired; the recording is at the link. After listening to it, I have a bone to pick with the Botetourt County 911 dispatchers.

After the shots were fired, Mrs. Hoover told the dispatcher that Jones had been shot but was still moving. The dispatcher told her to have her husband put his gun down. Uhh, WRONG.

If you're the subject of a home invasion and shoot an intruder, do not put your weapon down until the police arrive. Especially if the per's still moving. A wounded intruder can still be a threat, and he may have accomplices either outside or undetected in the house. Don't assume that you have the all-clear. Do not fuck around with your family's safety.


bulletholes said...

No doubt about it!
you might like this one that happened yesterday in Frisco, just north of Dallas...the article isn't as good as the video.
Everyone came out of this snafu pretty lucky...

bulletholes said...


Old NFO said...

Yep, I'd have the gun in hand until the LEOs showed up. Pretty sad that the dispatcher said that.