TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)--- Ashley Mundy says the night of Oct. 08, 2015 started out like any other night. She says she fell asleep in her bed with her then four-year-old son Braedyn, but later, woke up to the sound of glass breaking. Mundy says she got up, grabbed her 9 millimeter handgun and found her neighbor, Bruce Jolly, disarming her security system. That's when she decided to shoot.
"I was there alone with my child; My dad encouraged me to get a conceal and carry, and I just felt that was the thing to do at that moment,” said Mundy.
Jolly was hit in the arm and hip, but was able to flee Mundy's home. After he ran off, she called 911. Just five minutes later, Osage Co. Sheriff's dispatch got a call from Jolly himself; saying he had been shot and was at a neighbor’s house.
"He had meth in his system,” said Mundy. “At the time everyone was like, how did he survive that, and I think, at the time, the drugs were what allowed him to survive the shot because it was a hollow tip."
Jolly was convicted of aggravated burglary and sentenced to under five years in prison. During Jolly's trail, Mundy found out he was carrying a machete during the home invasion, making her wonder what could have happened to her or her son if she didn't have a gun.
"I think when something like this happens, you think the worst,” said Mundy. “I worry about Braedyn every day and with that situation I can't imagine what he could have witnessed.”
Mundy says she has learned a lot from her encounter with Jolly and hopes others do too.
"You don't have to have a conceal and carry to have a gun in your home, and why wouldn't you want to protect yourself? Why wouldn't you want the same weapons or defense like the people that could be coming to your home in these situations?” said Mundy.