A Vicksburg, Mississippi family is alive tonight and thankful for their Second Amendment right to own a firearm after surviving a harrowing hostage experience in their own home at the hands of a vicious escapee, and local law enforcement is thankful that a manhunt has come to an end without further loss of life.

Vicksburg Police Capt. Sandra Williams called the experience “very traumatic for the family” adding that the exhausted law enforcement officers involved in the multiple agency manhunt had feared self-confessed killer Rafael Arnez McCloud would do anything to avoid capture.

“There's no telling how many lives were saved,” she said.

McCloud escaped from the Warren County Jail where he was awaiting trial on capital murder, sexual battery, rape, arson, home invasion, weapon possession by a felon, grand larceny auto theft and burglary charges in connection with the murder of 69-year-old Shane Wilson.

Overcoming a guard at the jail using a handmade knife, McCloud was at large in the city of 26,000 before breaking into a garage, stabbing the 30-year-old homeowner in the back, tying him up and holding him, his wife and young son in the bathroom for hour.

Police say the 24-year-old wife somehow convinced McCloud to allow her to leave the bathroom, but she returned with a handgun, shooting McCloud before she untied her husband and turning the gun over to him who also fired several shots.

The couple then ran from the house and flagged down a passing motorist who called 911 bringing the ordeal to and end. The husband was treated for non-life threatening stab wounds at a local hospital and released, and the wife and 5-year-old son were not seriously injured.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace released a statement saying, “This is absolutely not the outcome we had all hoped for. We had wanted to capture him and have him stand before the judge. But he chose this, and I am so personally relieved that this family was not injured more than they were and they were able to protect themselves.”


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