On Monday at 2 a.m., Earl Jones heard a noise in his basement and decided to get his .22-caliber rifle and wait for what he suspected was an intruder to come upstairs to where he was.
When the intruder came up the stairs, Jones shot him in the chest as soon as he appeared and with one single shot, Lloyd “Adam” Maxwell, 24, of Richmond, Ky was dead.
Speaking to the Enquirer, Jones said, “These people aren’t worth any more to me than a groundhog. They have our country in havoc. We got so many damned crooked people walking around today.”
Maxwell had been with two other men who police say removed his body from Jones’ residence. The two men, 22 year old Ryan Dalton and 20 year old Donnie Inabnit were charged with second degree burglary and tampering with evidence.
Jones’ has not been charged with any crime and appears to have acted in accordance with Kentucky’s laws which allow justifiable force in defense of a person’s home and property. Kentucky is among over 10 states that has a “castle doctrine” embedded in its laws which allow the defense of one’s home with deadly force.
Jones, who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1946, felt that he was well within his rights to shoot the intruder saying,
“I was hoping another one would come up; I aimed right for his heart. I didn’t go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That’s what I told the police this morning.”
When Jones shot Maxwell, it was his third time experiencing a break-in on his farm. He is displeased with the police for confiscating his gun.
Speaking about the moments before the shooting Jones said, “Was I scared? Was I mad? Hell, no! It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself.”