Two Teens Shot in Louisville after Breaking into House, Killing Family Dog

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Two teenage boys were shot in south Louisville last week after the homeowner says they broke into her house and killed their dog, WDRB.com reports.

The home invasion occurred around 12:30 p.m., when witnesses say they heard several gunshots, a pause, followed by several more gunshots.

At the scene, police found one juvenile male who had been shot in the leg. Another juvenile male was found one street over. He had been shot through the back. Both are expected to survive.

“I mean, it’s a shame that you have to protect your house like that, but someone comes in your house like that while you’re home, then I guess you have that right,” Gary Dickman told WDRB.com.

Dickman, who lives across the street, said that he and other neighbors recently installed security cameras because teenagers have been breaking into homes and cars in the area. He even says he chased away a group of teens trying to break into the home currently under investigation.

Another witness, who asked WLKY.com not to be identified, said he found the teen who had been shot in the leg.

“I just heard the gunshots and I came outside and the little boy was on the ground. I just applied pressure to his wounds and told him to calm down and keep calm, that he’d be all right,” the witness said.

“He told me, ‘I’m 16.’ I was asking him because I was trying to keep him. I was like, ‘What’s your name, where do you live, what’s your mom’s number,’ and I was clapping in his ears,” the witness said.

No charges have been filed, but there are conflicting reports as to the exact nature of the events.

The homeowner told WDRB.com that her husband shot both juveniles after they entered the home. The teens didn’t realize the husband was home, she says, and he shot them at some point after they killed the family dog.

The WLKY report, on the other hand, does not include an interview with the homeowner. That report presents the shootings as separate but “related,” and notes that “police are asking for the community’s help in finding the shooters.”

No report includes an interview with the shooter(s), who appears to have fled the scene. This decision will likely come back to bite him even if the shooting occurred in a self-defense situation.

The US Concealed Carry Association points out that the first 48 hours after a self-defense shooting are the most crucial hours in the investigation. What you do during these two days can determine whether the court rules the shooting a justifiable homicide or the prosecuting attorney sends you to jail.

The article includes some great advice, but the biggest takeaway is to make sure the prosecuting attorney can’t paint you as a bloodthirsty gun-carrier looking for a fight. Speak as little as possible, don’t tamper with the crime scene, and make sure you have an attorney present during any police questioning.

The danger doesn’t end after the bad guy is on the ground. A firearm owner needs to know what to do in the aftermath of a self-defense shooting if he or she wants to come through the process unscathed.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Casey June 10, 2016, 1:00 pm

    Yes, it’s time the Prosecuting Attorneys realize that we should feel safe in our homes and the right to protect our lives and those of our loved ones be protected and respected by ANY branch of government. Unfortunately, law enforcement can’t be in each and every home to protect us while we sleep. We must learn, and have the right, to protect ourselves. Politicians, liberal anti gun ones that is, should experience what so many citizen victims do daily and watch their response. Doesn’t Diane Feinstein own a gun? Seems the press reported such in the past. My thoughts and prayers are with this victim family.

  • Dbl d May 16, 2016, 8:39 am

    Same here,if my dogs don’t kill you I certainly will.promise!!

  • Pat J May 15, 2016, 9:49 pm

    ” I’m not speaking to you until my hearing comes back and I have an attorney with me.”
    Perfect behavior in a high stress situation is unlikely and anything less than perfect will be prosecuted by any office that sees all self defense as a criminal act. Self defense is the ultimate non compliance. Don’t talk, don’t rationalize, don’t trust.

  • Dave Pettey May 13, 2016, 11:19 am

    I am first and foremost an animal lover and also a life member of the NRA since 1984
    If anyone and I mean ANYONE , Regardless of Race ,creed or colour broke into my house
    and harmed my animals they would most certainly leave the premises in a rubber bag.!!!!!

    • RCAC May 13, 2016, 11:14 pm

      Concur completely. Anyone who could do this to a family pet wouldn’t hestitate to do it to the owners of the home. The shooter needs practise and the district attorney needs an attitude re adjustrment.

  • BJG May 13, 2016, 10:15 am

    Too bad it was the poor Dog who died, should have been the two low life scum who broke in.

  • Kane May 13, 2016, 9:42 am

    How was the family dog killed? After breaking into a home in which the family dog was killed the intruder seems surprised that he was shot because he was only 16 years old. More information is needed on this story but do no one should break into a house and try to fall back on their age as some free pass.

    • CDC May 14, 2016, 10:30 pm

      When I read the story I thought to myself they didn’t know the husband was home and they shot the dog first. Sounds to me like they were going to try to rape the woman. Regardless of their age and how they will be tried it’s not legal for for kids acquire much less possess guns and they willingly used them in the commission of a violent felony. Throw them away.

  • Larry May 13, 2016, 9:42 am

    The savages break into my home & kill my dog (s), they are going to die. These punks were both very lucky.

    • BJG May 13, 2016, 10:36 am

      I agree with you, Larry.

    • Fred May 13, 2016, 11:43 am

      Shot my dog and you die. Break into my house and you die. A5, no leg shot.

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