Roger Lowery woke to the chilling sound of a woman screaming on his porch late Tuesday night (June 10th). When Roger opened his door and turned on his light he saw his neighbor being beaten by 29-year-old Jermaine Grier.
"He was beating her on my front porch and he was trying to shove her head through that glass door," Roger said.
Earlier in the day, Grier had murdered his wheelchair bound 48-year-old brother-in-law, James Hood, in front of the entire family. When family members tried to call 911, Grier threatened them and then left.
"He said he wanted to kill himself, or get life in prison," Grier's sister Angela Hood said. "We told him to quit talking crazy."
Twenty minutes later Grier arrived at the home of his cousin - Rogers' neighbor. Armed with a handgun, he attacked his cousin and fired multiple shots at her. The woman was able to flee the house and ran to Lowery's to get help. Grier chased her down and continued to beat the woman.
When he opened his door, Roger knew nothing about the murder - he only knew a woman was being attacked.
Roger grabbed his .38 revolver, held it to Grier's head and ordered him to stop.
He didn't. Roger punched Grier.
That stopped the attack on the woman and focused his attention on Roger. As Grier started to enter the house, Roger saw the handgun in his hand.
Fearing for his life, the life of his family, and the life of his neighbor Roger shot the armed attacker in the abdomen.
"I just did what I had to do to save my family's life and keep that girl from dying," he said. "I didn't want to have to use any weapons at all."
After being shot Grier stood up, walked across the street, threw his handgun into some bushes and walked back to Rogers' steps where he waited until EMS and police arrived to take him into custody.