A Tec-9 in the Face
Mr. Jackson, a prior Navy veteran and concealed carrier had his handgun along for the ride. When working on his properties, he usually unholstered his weapon and placed it on the mantle. This afternoon, he had it in his waist band. When he heard a loud knock at the door, he went to answer it.
Suddenly, two masked me forced their way inside the dwelling. One stuck a stolen Tec-9 pistol in Jackson's face, shouting "Give us your wallet! You're gonna die!"
"When I looked him in the eye, I knew I was going to die...... I figured I was going to die and they were going to die, too," said Jackson. Mr, Jackson bent over clutching his chest in an apparent heart attack. The armed intruder cold cocked Mr. Jackson on the head, but Jackson came up shooting. He shot the first armed assailant in the side, then fired a quick round into the second criminal. Then he gave the masked man with the Tec-9 another round as the second thug staggered against the wall. As the first man fell, Jackson placed another round into the thug against the wall. The criminal with the Tec-9 managed to get out the door, and Mr. Jackson fired another seven rounds of .40 S&W after him.
With his wife in hysterics, Mr. Jackson called 911 and requested police. Believing the threat was removed, he placed his empty pistol on the mantelpiece. The criminal who brandished the Tec-9 managed to get to the back yard, where he died. His partner in crime died against the wall where he fell. Earl Springer and Dazmond Turner, both 19 years old, were dead. They were dead not because they were disadvantaged youths, but because they made the choice to commit a crime. That, and they chose the wrong victim.
Mr. Jackson's pistol was taken into evidence for ballistics testing. He and his wife were questioned separately for approximately two hours, and released. No charges were filed in this obvious case of self defense. "All I saw was two people that were going to kill my wife and I," says Jackson. "All I can say is I'm very sorry, I'm not a mean person, and I never intended to hurt anyone...... It will change my life forever, my life will never be the same."
Dazmond Turner's family quickly came to his defense, stating that it was shocking, unbelievable, that he would do such a thing. "It's just something that he wouldn't do and it's been eating at me all night long. It's like, no, that's not Daz," said Stephanie Roach, Turner's great aunt. "I don't know if he was forced into doing it, but that is not my nephew." She went on to reveal that Turner used to be a basketball player for Valley High School. He was struggling towards obtaining his GED and was supposedly preparing to support his baby due to be born soon. Turner's family in Kentucky thought he had traveled to Florida to see his mother and sister. "Now they on their way to bury him," Ms. Roach said.
"I don't feel too good," says Billy Jackson. "I'm, you know, I'm real nervous, real nervous inside, because that's something that doesn't happen every day. For sure, there's not a doubt in my mind, my wife and I would be dead if I didn't do what I did, and I would do the same thing all over again. I really feel bad for the two men that are deceased, but I really would feel bad if my wife was dead........ It's tough when a person seventy years old can not go to a house and make it pretty to rent to someone in the West end. It's just our society is going to the dogs, and the only way it can change is if the people there change it. The only thing that we can learn is it can happen to any of us, at any time, and there is nothing you can do if you don't react quickly and have something to defend yourself with."
Hear Mr. Jackson recount his face off with death here.
See the television news report with Stephanie Roach's comments in the video below.