A stalker who had allegedly been terrorizing his former girlfriend for months, eluding all police attempts to stop him, kicked in the door of her home in the early hours of the morning September 26 — only to find a painful surprise waiting for him on the other side.
The woman, who did want her name released, said that 22-year-old Douglas Eugene Jackson put her in so much fear that she bought a gun that she kept with her at all times, even in the shower. The woman and Jackson had dated for only a month — but she said that he had been stalking her for the six months since then.
Jackson kicked in her door at about 1:15 a.m. last Friday, but the woman had made a habit of propping a chair against her door when she slept at night just in case Jackson tried to do exactly what he ended up doing. She credits the chair blocking the door with giving her the extra seconds to ready herself.
As soon as Jackson got inside the house, she shot him in the chest. The woman fired at Jackson twice, hitting him once.
“I hear his scream, his disbelief that I’d stood up for myself. 0 to 100 in milliseconds,” the woman wrote on the photo of her damaged door she posted on the image hosting site imgur.com. “I’ve never been so afraid in my life. I do not know if he is living, but I do know the police have him and that’s what helps the most.”
Jackson was indeed living. The woman had called police, who found the wounded stalker cowering in some nearby bushes, where he was taken into custody.
“I’m writing this staring at the mess the police left for me, in a bit of a fog,” she wrote on imgur, under the below photo. “I awoke around 1:15 am to the sound of the door giving way after one kick followed by the sounds of my stalker struggling to dislodge the chair while forcing his way inside. I jumped up and grabbed the gun I’ve learned to do everything even shower with. I stood at the top of my stairs and fired twice.”
In an earlier post on the internet forum Reddit, the woman described some of the terrifying tactics Jackson used while stalking her. After the woman moved to get away from him, he sent a package to her previous house with the notation, “Address Correction Requested: Do Not Forward,” in hopes that the post office would give out her address.
Jackson also sent the woman a map to her mother’s home, though he had never met her mother. The stalker also threatened in emails and text messages to shoot her and to anally rape her.