One bad guy is dead and another has been arrested after a 13-year-old boy used his mother’s firearm to thwart a home invasion, reports Fox Carolina.
Authorities say that around 1:53 p.m. 31-year-old Lamar Brown and 28-year-old Ira J. Bennett attempted to break into the teen’s home in Woodside, South Carolina.
Fearing for his safety, the boy grabbed his mother’s “Colt .45 pistol” and opened fire on the suspects.
“He saw a subject out back trying to get inside so he fired his mother’s gun through the door and the subject reportedly fired back,” CCSO officials said.
After the exchange of gunfire, the suspects fled the scene to Trident Hospital. Brown sustained three gunshot wounds, which proved to be fatal. Meanwhile, Bennett told the hospital staff that they had been the victims of a random shooting.
Of course, that story didn’t hold up for very long. Once the home invasion was reported, it didn’t take long for police to figure out what had really happened.
Bennet was taken into custody. He was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
The teen was shaken up by the incident and wants the whole ordeal to be over, according to the mother. He was not injured during the shooting, thankfully.
An investigation is still ongoing.
Hopefully, this story makes national headlines, but I doubt it will. Most instances of defensive gun use go unreported by the mainstream media. Apparently, when good guys with guns eliminate scumbags it’s not newsworthy. But any time a scumbag with an illegal gun takes an innocent life it gets not only ink, but a narrative about how evil guns are and how woefully lax our gun laws are. Clearly, this story doesn’t fit that agenda. But who knows, maybe I’m wrong, maybe we’ll see it on the nightly news.