Woman survives shooting by ex-boyfriend when the gun misfires

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by Elizabeth Eisele / KMOV Staff | @ElizEisele

KMOV.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 8:20 PM

(KMOV.com) -- An amazing story of survival as an O’Fallon woman has a loaded gun shoved in her face by her ex-boyfriend. He pulls the trigger several times, but nothing happens.

The female victim asked not to be identified. She said her ex-boyfriend, Jerry Beatty, 53, kicked in the door of her home and had a gun in his hand.

“Somebody points a gun in your face, you know I turned my head and it clicked,” the victim said, “[He] was like, ‘Look at me when I kill you.’”

Police said there was nothing wrong with the gun, but the ammunition was stored in Beatty’s trunk. The heat, cold and humidity had taken its toll on the bullets.

St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said the most chilling part of the entire trial was the testimony of the victim’s mother. The mother was inside the house and could hear the commotion.

“She hear a click,” said Lohmar, “And her testimony was, ‘I was just waiting to hear the bang,’ and she never did.”

The jury took only 50 minutes to convict Beatty. Beatty is in the St. Charles County Jail on a $500,000 bond as he awaits sentencing in April.

“You think about the day you’re going to die and I wasn’t done living yet,” the victim said, “And I thought, ‘Good god, this man is going to kill me. This is it, that’s all there is to it?’”

The victim had an order of protection but realizes that it is only a piece of paper. Her advice to others—once you have the order of protection call police immediately if there’s any violation. She also says to get a good contact with the police department you can rely on. 

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