From WCNC, North Carolina, the story of a home invasion:
'He died protecting us' | Girlfriend mourns man killed in Cramerton home invasion
Heidi McQueen said she, as well as her two children, wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for Brenton McCaskill, who fought off 3 intruders when he was shot.
CRAMERTON, N.C. — A Cramerton man died after being shot during a home invasion early Monday was defending his family from the intruders, his girlfriend said.
Heidi McQueen said three people broke into their home. She said McCaskill fought one of the suspects before chasing them outside. That's when he was shot by one of the suspects.
"Josh, [my son], and I tried to perform CPR," McQueen said. "But, it was too late."
According to the Gaston County Police Department, the incident happened early Monday at McCaskill's home on Fifteenth Street. When Cramerton Police officers got to the home, they found McCaskill suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to CaroMont Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
McQueen told WCNC Charlotte if it wasn't for Brenton McCaskill's quick actions, she and her two children, as well as her son's boyfriend, wouldn't be alive today.
"Brenton McCaskill is a hero," McQueen said. "He lived his life a hero, and he died a hero. He died protecting us."
The people who did the home invasion included two blacks, and one, I think of the two white accomplices:
Police identified four suspects in the case: Jonathan Elijah Jones, Ramon Lopez, Tyler Leonhardt and Tyler Reno.
Jones and Lopez [black] are both charged with first-degree murder while Leonhardt and Reno [white ]are charged with accessory after the fact.
The man charged with actually pulling the trigger was Jonathan Elijah Jones, identified in local news as a "Gastonia Man". [Gastonia man charged with murder in Cramerton killing, by Kevin Ellis, Gastonia Gazette, November 30, 2020]
The woman who survived the attack is worried that the suspects will get bail:
McQueen said they went to the courthouse to witness the bail hearing for the suspects connected to the crimes.
She said they hoped for no bail because "I can't have this person out on the street because I can't have him come back without Brenton here."
In September, Jones was charged with the following offences:
|Charge Description||Offense Date|
|Domestic Violence Protection Order||9/5/2020 4:49 AM|
|Weapon, Carry Concealed||9/5/2020 4:49 AM|
|DWLR NOT IMPAIRED REV||9/5/2020 4:49 AM|
|Marijuana, Possess with Intent Sell/Deliver||9/5/2020 4:49 AM|
|Sch IV, Possess, Simple||9/5/2020 4:49 AM|
Translated, that means being in contact with someone who had a restraining order against him, while carrying a concealed weapon, and driving without a license, and carrying enough marijuana that they thought he might be a drug dealer.
In June, he was charged in Mecklenberg County with
ASSAULT GOVT OFFICIAL/EMPLY
,ATT BREAK OR ENTER BLDG (M)
,FAIL TO DISPERSE ON COMMAND
,RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER
Translated, that means he was a Black Lives Matter rioter. So he may not get bail for this murder, but it seems like he was able to do the murder because he got previous bail.