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14 Year Old Boy Shoots Armed Intruder to Protect His Siblings

Written on June 24, 2012 by Lulu

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14 year old boy was at home with his younger siblings when an intruder broke into their Phoenix home

A 14 year old boy and his younger siblings ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home without their parents when intruders attempted to break in to their home in Phoenix, last Saturday afternoon.

A woman first rang the doorbell, the teenage boy didn’t open the door because he didn’t recognize the woman. After not opening the door, he heard a loud bang on the door. He then gathered his siblings and rushed them upstairs and grabbed his father’s gun, hidden in their parent’s bedroom.

The gun toting intruder, a 37 year old man, was already through the front door by the time boy reached the top of the stairs.

The boy was alarmed when he saw a gun pointed at him and shot the man.

The intruder was nearly killed and was taken to a hospital. The man is in a critical condition and is expected to survive. He will be imprisoned with charges of aggravated assault and burglary.

The woman who rang the doorbell managed to get away.

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes praised the teenager’s actions. He also lauded the parents for teaching their children to never entertain strangers.

Holmes added:

“The police and indeed our community does not ever want to see a situation where a teenager of that age has to take a weapon to protect his family … but this young man did exactly what he should have done. I’m not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted.”

He also added that they still  have to know what the suspect’s motives are and will question him once he is able to talk.

The family refused to divulge their names and were all “pretty traumatized” by the incident.

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