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Woman shoots and kills jail escapee who tried to break into her home in SC

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Deputies say one inmate has died after being shot by a homeowner, and another inmate has been captured following an escape from the Pickens County jail.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies are investigating the escape.

THE ESCAPE

Deputies say the inmates escaped the County Prison around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday after assaulting and taking two detention center officers captive.  

The sheriff said the assault and escape were premeditated and had been planned for several days.

Non-involved inmates tried to help the detention offices.

At 2:53 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the jail.

INMATE SHOT AND KILLED

At 2:59 a.m., a homeowner who lives on Meece Mill Road called 911 and said an unknown man kicked in her front door and she shot him, according to the sheriff.

The report said the escapee kicked in the backdoor and was near the homeowner’s bedroom door.

The woman was home alone at the time.

The prisoner was still dressed in an orange jumpsuit and was armed with a knife sharpening tool that belonged to the homeowner.

The prisoner was shot once in the head and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital via helicopter where he was pronounced dead.

The inmate has been identified as 30-year-old Bruce Webb McLaughlin Jr.

The sheriff said the woman was a trained CWP holder and she used lethal force to protect herself against the escapee.

THE CAPTURED ESCAPEE

The sheriff said one of the escapees, Timothy Cleveland Dill, was seen by a responding deputy and was taken into custody a short distance from the jail on Concord Church Road.

The inmate was captured at 2:53 a.m.

He was in jail on criminal sexual conduct with a minor charges and is now facing charges of escape and assault on the detention officers, according to the report.

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