The man who attacked and shot Terry Jones on Friday, June 16, is still on the run.

But the 50-year-old Verdigris resident says she’s not going anywhere.

Today, just weeks later, she is recovering — at home — at the scene of the crime that left her bruised and wounded.

“Coming back to my house ...,” Jones said with a meaningful pause. Well, “he’s not going to scare me away from my house. This is my house.”

Still she does admit, “it is scary that I’m watching it on TV and reading it in the newspaper, and I’m thinking, what if he’s doing the same thing. And, what if he comes back here.”

But, Jones is finding strength through her faith in God and her loving family.

“How I praise the Lord and thank him for his mercy and his grace for saving me,” Jones said, speaking publicly for the first time since being shot by the intruder with her own gun.

“I always know that when things like this happen, and you live through it, God has a purpose for you.”

As a special “thank you,” Jones presented a cake and person-to-person “thank yous” to Verdigris volunteer firefighters last week celebrating her return home after a nine-day hospital stay.

With emotion in her voice, Jones told her rescuers, “It’s hard to stand up here and say thank you for saving my life. This party isn’t just for those who saved me. I want to recognize every one of you who put your life on the line to save others.”

Jones became a shooting victim on what had started out as an ordinary Friday afternoon, June 16.

An uninvited guest entered Jones’ house, where she was alone.

Back home from the hospital and recovering, Jones can now talk about events leading up to, during and after the attack.

It was 12:45 p.m. when Jones left her house to drive her granddaughter home from a morning church camp. When she arrived back at her house located just west of Highway 66 in Verdigris, around 1:20 p.m., Jones found a dirty, brown Nissan pickup with a gray driver’s side door parked in her yard.

Once she exited her vehicle, Jones asked the two men parked in her front yard what they were doing.

The man who later became the shooting suspect said he was putting water in his vehicle.

Jones said, at that moment, she didn’t think it was suspicious because “there’s a water hose right there in the yard.”

Still, she took the ordinary precautions after entering her home. She locked both doors before going about her business. That’s when she heard a knock at the door.

“I went to the window and slid it open a little bit and asked what he wanted,” Jones said. “He asked if he could get a glass of water. So I went to get it.”

While retrieving the water, she heard the window screen being either moved in or out, and the window sliding open.

“I dropped the glass of water and ran ... to the bedroom to get my gun,” she said. “On the way through, I looked toward the door and saw rubber gloves, like hospital gloves.

“I ran into the bedroom and got the gun.”

The gun was a .25 caliber automatic handgun that her husband, Dale, had won as a door prize about nine years ago at a gun and knife show.

“I had never shot a handgun before, but I had shot a rifle,” Jones said.

The suspect followed Jones into her bedroom, where he then grabbed her from behind.

“I had the gun in this (right) hand, and I tried to shoot this way (over her right shoulder) so he wouldn’t get me,” she said.

“I missed him and put a hole in a wall all the way through the bedroom to another wall. Then I made another shot toward him over the other shoulder and hit my headboard. How I could’ve missed him, I don’t know.

“The third shot was when he pushed me down on the bed. I still have the gun in my hand, and he was fighting me for it. He was trying to get it away from me. And this is a big guy,” she said.

The suspect then put his finger on her trigger finger, and had the gun pointing at her shoulder area when he shot, Jones said.

At that point Jones attacker left. “I think he thought I was dead.”

The bullet entered Jones’ left shoulder, right below the collar bone, and exited out her back, just below her left shoulder blade. Nothing vital was hit. Jones doesn’t think it was luck. “It was God,” she said.

In addition to her gunshot wound, Jones had several large bruises that occurred during the struggle for possession of the gun.

Dale Jones said had his wife not went for the gun, the attacker may have succeeded in carrying out whatever plans he had upon entering the house.

“You got to realize, he was fighting for his life. Whether or not he realized it at the moment, if he would’ve let go of her, he would’ve got shot,” Dale said. “That’s probably what boosted his adrenaline level high enough to overpower her. She wasn’t giving up and she was still pulling the trigger and he needed to make sure he knew where it was pointing.”

Terry said at the time of the attack her only thoughts were wondering what he planned to do to her — and her family.

“When he grabbed me from behind, it scared me. I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s gonna rape me. He’s gonna strangle me. He’s gonna do whatever he can to get that gun.’ But I wasn’t going to let go,” she said. “And I thought, you’re not getting this gun away from me. I have people who love me. I don’t know about you.”

After being shot, Jones said she made the call to 911.

“I kind of staggered to the living room where I fell because I couldn’t walk no more,” she said. “And I just struggled. My doggy knew something was wrong. I struggled over to the phone and pulled it down and called 911.

“I told them I had been shot and I need an ambulance. She said, ‘You’ve been shot?’ I said yes. She said ‘Is he still there,’ and I said no, he left. She said ‘Is anyone else in the house?’ I said no it’s just me, please hurry.”

Verdigris Fire Department first responders and volunteers were at Jones’ house in a matter of minutes.

In light of the crime, Terry’s husband, Dale, said he is not only worried about the safety of his family, but also the families in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Whenever things settle down a little bit, the first thing on my agenda is to walk through the neighborhood and knock on doors and say, ‘Hi. I’m Dale. This is what happened at my house. Are we gonna allow it to continue or are we going to start a neighborhood watch program?’,” he said.

Terry agrees. Something should be done.

Both, who have lived in Verdigris for the last 15 years, can only recall a few minor crimes in the Verdigris area prior to the shooting. County officials said this type of crime is unusual, not only for Verdigris, but for Rogers County.

“The whole thing was a nightmare. It’s still a nightmare

“There’s times I’m funny about it and I’m OK about it. Then there’s times I stop and think of some little thing and I’m just crying. I’ve got grandbabies I want to see grow old. It was because of my family — that was the only thought I had. Not because of me,” Jones said.

“I have something I have to do with this, and I don’t know what yet, but God will show me.”



Contact Krystal J. Carman, newsed@swbell.net.

























































Shooting victim tells her story





By KRYSTAL J. CARMAN

Staff writer



The man who attacked and shot Terry Jones on Friday, June 16, is still on the run.

But the 50-year-old Verdigris resident says she’s not going anywhere.

Today, just weeks later, she is recovering — at home — at the scene of the crime that left her bruised and wounded.

“Coming back to my house ...,” Jones said with a meaningful pause. Well, “he’s not going to scare me away from my house. This is my house.”

Still she does admit, “it is scary that I’m watching it on TV and reading it in the newspaper, and I’m thinking, what if he’s doing the same thing. And, what if he comes back here.”

But, Jones is finding strength through her faith in God and her loving family.

“How I praise the Lord and thank him for his mercy and his grace for saving me,” Jones said, speaking publicly for the first time since being shot by the intruder with her own gun.

“I always know that when things like this happen, and you live through it, God has a purpose for you.”

As a special “thank you,” Jones presented a cake and person-to-person “thank yous” to Verdigris volunteer firefighters last week celebrating her return home after a nine-day hospital stay.

With emotion in her voice, Jones told her rescuers, “It’s hard to stand up here and say thank you for saving my life. This party isn’t just for those who saved me. I want to recognize every one of you who put your life on the line to save others.”

Jones became a shooting victim on what had started out as an ordinary Friday afternoon, June 16.

An uninvited guest entered Jones’ house, where she was alone.

Back home from the hospital and recovering, Jones can now talk about events leading up to, during and after the attack.

It was 12:45 p.m. when Jones left her house to drive her granddaughter home from a morning church camp. When she arrived back at her house located just west of Highway 66 in Verdigris, around 1:20 p.m., Jones found a dirty, brown Nissan pickup with a gray driver’s side door parked in her yard.

Once she exited her vehicle, Jones asked the two men parked in her front yard what they were doing.

The man who later became the shooting suspect said he was putting water in his vehicle.

Jones said, at that moment, she didn’t think it was suspicious because “there’s a water hose right there in the yard.”

Still, she took the ordinary precautions after entering her home. She locked both doors before going about her business. That’s when she heard a knock at the door.

“I went to the window and slid it open a little bit and asked what he wanted,” Jones said. “He asked if he could get a glass of water. So I went to get it.”

While retrieving the water, she heard the window screen being either moved in or out, and the window sliding open.

“I dropped the glass of water and ran ... to the bedroom to get my gun,” she said. “On the way through, I looked toward the door and saw rubber gloves, like hospital gloves.

“I ran into the bedroom and got the gun.”

The gun was a .25 caliber automatic handgun that her husband, Dale, had won as a door prize about nine years ago at a gun and knife show.

“I had never shot a handgun before, but I had shot a rifle,” Jones said.

The suspect followed Jones into her bedroom, where he then grabbed her from behind.

“I had the gun in this (right) hand, and I tried to shoot this way (over her right shoulder) so he wouldn’t get me,” she said.

“I missed him and put a hole in a wall all the way through the bedroom to another wall. Then I made another shot toward him over the other shoulder and hit my headboard. How I could’ve missed him, I don’t know.

“The third shot was when he pushed me down on the bed. I still have the gun in my hand, and he was fighting me for it. He was trying to get it away from me. And this is a big guy,” she said.

The suspect then put his finger on her trigger finger, and had the gun pointing at her shoulder area when he shot, Jones said.

At that point Jones attacker left. “I think he thought I was dead.”

The bullet entered Jones’ left shoulder, right below the collar bone, and exited out her back, just below her left shoulder blade. Nothing vital was hit. Jones doesn’t think it was luck. “It was God,” she said.

In addition to her gunshot wound, Jones had several large bruises that occurred during the struggle for possession of the gun.

Dale Jones said had his wife not went for the gun, the attacker may have succeeded in carrying out whatever plans he had upon entering the house.

“You got to realize, he was fighting for his life. Whether or not he realized it at the moment, if he would’ve let go of her, he would’ve got shot,” Dale said. “That’s probably what boosted his adrenaline level high enough to overpower her. She wasn’t giving up and she was still pulling the trigger and he needed to make sure he knew where it was pointing.”

Terry said at the time of the attack her only thoughts were wondering what he planned to do to her — and her family.

“When he grabbed me from behind, it scared me. I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s gonna rape me. He’s gonna strangle me. He’s gonna do whatever he can to get that gun.’ But I wasn’t going to let go,” she said. “And I thought, you’re not getting this gun away from me. I have people who love me. I don’t know about you.”

After being shot, Jones said she made the call to 911.

“I kind of staggered to the living room where I fell because I couldn’t walk no more,” she said. “And I just struggled. My doggy knew something was wrong. I struggled over to the phone and pulled it down and called 911.

“I told them I had been shot and I need an ambulance. She said, ‘You’ve been shot?’ I said yes. She said ‘Is he still there,’ and I said no, he left. She said ‘Is anyone else in the house?’ I said no it’s just me, please hurry.”

Verdigris Fire Department first responders and volunteers were at Jones’ house in a matter of minutes.

In light of the crime, Terry’s husband, Dale, said he is not only worried about the safety of his family, but also the families in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“Whenever things settle down a little bit, the first thing on my agenda is to walk through the neighborhood and knock on doors and say, ‘Hi. I’m Dale. This is what happened at my house. Are we gonna allow it to continue or are we going to start a neighborhood watch program?’,” he said.

Terry agrees. Something should be done.

Both, who have lived in Verdigris for the last 15 years, can only recall a few minor crimes in the Verdigris area prior to the shooting. County officials said this type of crime is unusual, not only for Verdigris, but for Rogers County.

“The whole thing was a nightmare. It’s still a nightmare

“There’s times I’m funny about it and I’m OK about it. Then there’s times I stop and think of some little thing and I’m just crying. I’ve got grandbabies I want to see grow old. It was because of my family — that was the only thought I had. Not because of me,” Jones said.

“I have something I have to do with this, and I don’t know what yet, but God will show me.”



Contact Krystal J. Carman, newsed@swbell.net.