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Mother With A .44 Saves Daughter, Car In Carjack Attempt

A College Park woman shot and killed an armed man she says was trying to carjack her van with her and her 1-year-old daughter inside, police said Monday.

Police will ask prosecutors to determine whether charges should be brought against Shantell Jackson, 26, in the Saturday night shooting.

Jackson told police the gunman accosted her as she drove into the parking lot of an apartment complex. She had planned to watch the Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight with friends at the complex.

She fired after the man pointed a revolver at her and ordered her to “move over,” she told police.

“She was pleading with the guy to let her take the baby and leave the van, but he blocked the door,” said detective Reed Pollard. “She was protecting herself and the baby.”

Jackson, who told police she bought the .44-caliber handgun after her home had been burglarized, fired several shots. She said she kept the gun in a canvas bag beside her car seat. “She didn’t try to remove it,” Pollard said. “She just fired.”

Shot in the chest, shoulder, thigh and back as he attempted to flee, Ernest DeWayne Mayfield, 30, died at the scene, Pollard said.

Mayfield had a lengthy criminal record, including arrests and convictions for robbery, aggravated assault and drug offenses, Pollard said.