It will probably take some time before single mom Ashleigh Jarrett feels safe again in her home. Recently her 16-year-old son Brayden came face to face with a home intruder. She was fortunate that her son was prepared and reacted quickly to resolve the situation.
How it happened
Brayden Jarrett had just come home from school when he heard a car pulling up to his Montville, Ohio home. At first, he thought it was his uncle, but when he looked out the window, he saw a strange man coming towards his house. The teen who grew up hunting and taking safety training courses went right for his mother’s 9mm gun, WOIO-TV reported
Brayden stood with his mom’s gun and watched as the man walked right up to his home. First the intruder opened the storm door and then the main door which Brayden didn’t realize he had left unlocked.
“That’s when I cocked the gun back and I pointed it at the door,” said Brayden. Once the intruder realized Brayden was armed, he took off running.
Line up results in arrest
Brayden was able to do a photo lineup with detectives from the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office which led to the arrest of a suspect in the case.
Reflections on experience
Looking back on his experience Brayden said, “When it happened and I was like I didn’t want to shoot the guy but if he was coming, I had no other choice. I didn’t know what he was gonna do so definitely was definitely was scary.”
Ashleigh wishes the situation never happened, but she is proud of her son for protecting their home. She reflected, “My baby has become my protector and it’s a little heartbreaking that he’s old enough to do these things but at the same time, he protected our home. We could’ve lost a lot that day. I could’ve lost him.”