Jerel Heywood planned to spend Sunday with friends in Lawton, Oklahoma, but the afternoon took a turn. The Copelands had an unexpected visitor: a 5-foot 5-inch snake, wrapped around their porch light. A doorbell camera captured the moment Heywood opened the screen door to Rodney Copeland’s home and the slithering reptile struck, biting the unsuspecting man in the face. Before the snake could retreat, a neighbor wielding a hammer saved the day. After hearing shrieks from Copeland’s wife and Heywood, he rushed to their rescue and beat the snake to death. Luckily for him, the snake was not venomous. “I was in shock,” Copeland said during the interview, suspecting the snake sought shelter from recent Oklahoma rain storms. “That could’ve been any one of us.”

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