"“Panic 9-1-1” is a new reality show on A&E that brings real 9-1-1 calls to life through dramatic re-enactments. For its series premiere, Donna Jackson relived the night in December 2009 when a man broke into her Oklahoma country home. Jackson shot and killed the man to protect herself.
"I think I killed him ma’am. Oh God!" Jackson said to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.
"I had taken a life," she said in a confessional. "It was an instant sense of aloneness. And it was palpable."
Authorities don’t know why the man wanted to break into Jackson’s house, but suspect he was drunk and may have thought it was his own residence.
The New York Daily News says the new series lends itself perfectly to the reality format, writing, "It’s everyone’s worst nightmare. You’re conducting some routine matter of daily life, and without a microsecond’s warning a very bad person threatens to end everything.”
But Medialife Magazine disagreed, saying that while the show may be a guilty pleasure, the guilt of listening to these real crimes far outweighs the pleasure.
Tune in for more real calls on "Panic 9-1-1," Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.
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