Samuel Jeter, 42, had his case transferred on Nov. 2, 2017, from the Spartanburg Magistrate to the Spartanburg County Seventh Judicial Circuit Court after being charged with first-degree burglary relating to an Oct. 26, 2017, home invasion in Spartanburg, SC. Jeter broke into the home of Katrina Walker, 42, where she and her 24-year-old daughter lived along with three children. Jeter bit off much more than he bargained for after he encountered female residents who were not going to sit idly by and become victims of Jeter's crime. Instead, they chose to fight back against Jeter who was arrested after being shot full of bullet holes.

A burglary that did not go as planned

At around midnight Jeter confronted Walker's daughter in a bathroom and told her to "be quiet," but the unnamed daughter began to scream instead. This alerted Walker, and as she ran to the sound of her daughter's scream she was tackled by Jeter who demanded to know where she kept her money. During the struggle between Jeter and Walker, the 24-year-old pulled a 9mm handgun out of her purse and cocked it. Upon seeing the gun Jeter attempted to flee.

While running for his life from his victims Jeter was struck in his buttocks with four bullets. In the chaos, Jeter lost one of his shoes, which allowed police to use K9 units to track his scent. He was found collapsed in the backyard of a neighboring home and was immediately taken into custody.

He has been charged with first-degree burglary. Jeter is sitting in the Spartanburg County Detention Center awaiting trial.

Samuel Jeter's past criminal behavior

Jeter has a long history of violent criminal activity stretching back 25 years to 1992. He has previously been convicted of assault and battery, armed robbery, aggravated domestic violence, hit and run with a vehicle, and cocaine distribution.

In the state of South Carolina, first-degree burglary is a felony and can carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, with a minimum sentence of 15 years. Jeter has been charged with first-degree burglary because he assaulted Walker during the crime. Had no person inside the home been assaulted, Jeter would have been charged with second-degree burglary and would be facing a maximum of 15-years in prison.

A proud and thankful mother

Following the incident, Walker stated to she told her daughter to open fire, "I was saying shoot, shoot, get him!" She went on to say, "I’m extremely proud of my daughter. She was calm and collected. When it came down to business, she did exactly what she was supposed to do and had a calm mind about it."

The gun debate rages on in the United States

The shooting of Jeter is another point in the debate regarding the use of guns and a citizen's right to own guns while defending themselves and their property. Given Jeter's string of previous arrests, his victims had every right to use force to defend themselves. Katrina Walker, her daughter, and her grandchildren would have faced a serious threat to their safety as Jeter showed a willingness to become violent after he tackled Walker. Jeter only fled after he became aware a gun was present.