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14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder
Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT | AMANDA LEE MYERS

Posted on 06/23/2012 12:10:42 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said Saturday.

The teen and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home alone when a woman rang the doorbell Friday afternoon, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.

The teen didn't open the door because he didn't recognize the woman.

Soon after, the teen heard a loud bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent's bedroom.

When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man break through the front door and point a gun at him.

The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition and underwent surgery. The man was upgraded to critical condition and is expected to survive and be booked into jail within the week on counts of aggravated assault and burglary, Holmes said.

He said the suspect did not get a shot off. He declined to release his name until he is booked into jail.

The woman who rang the home's doorbell got away.

Holmes hailed the teen's actions and his parents for teaching the kids to never open the door to strangers.

"The police and indeed our community does not ever want to see a...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: banglist; heroic; homeinvasion; phoenix
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Good job, kid!
1 posted on 06/23/2012 12:10:54 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Freedom and justice working splendidly. Don’t forget to sue the perps family for the spent cartridges.


2 posted on 06/23/2012 12:14:34 PM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Sharp kid, took care of the little ones, then took care of business.
3 posted on 06/23/2012 12:14:49 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Finally, - - some ‘big brother’ we can appreciate!!


4 posted on 06/23/2012 12:15:09 PM PDT by trailz
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To: Hunton Peck

>>The teen didn’t open the door because he didn’t recognize the woman.<<

Smart #1

>>Soon after, the teen heard a loud bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs<<

Smart #2

>>and got a handgun from his parent’s bedroom.<<

Smart #3

>>When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man break through the front door and point a gun at him.

The boy shot the 37-year-old man<<

Smart (brilliant!) #4

This kid gets 4 out of 4 smart moves. Firing first without hesitating was a very mature move — I hope this is from his parents teaching him about guns starting when he was young.

We even have to give another point for aim. When you are upstairs shooting at what we presume is a moving target, critically wounding is pretty good aim!

If I was this kid’s parents I would be swollen up with pride!


5 posted on 06/23/2012 12:17:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Guns Walked -- People Died -- Holder Lied -- Obama Golfed (thanks, Secret Agent Man))
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To: Hunton Peck

Fantastic!


6 posted on 06/23/2012 12:20:41 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: Hunton Peck

What a clueless comment from this police officer! The door had nothing to do with this, since the thug broke through it. Instead, the parents should be congratulated on 1) having an UNLOCKED, LOADED gun and telling the boy where it was and 2) allowing the boy to practice so he was able to shoot first.
He was thus able to save the lives of his siblings and himself, enabling the police to arrive after the fact and not have to outline bodies with their well-worn yellow chalk.


7 posted on 06/23/2012 12:21:58 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: freedumb2003
If I was this kid’s parents I would be swollen up with pride!

Yep, fine shooting kid. I'm proud when my 12 year old has the good aim not to splatter the toilet.

8 posted on 06/23/2012 12:22:18 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Come quickly Lord Jesus.)
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To: freedumb2003

Darn right I’d be proud of him if he was my son! That kid can come and babysit my kids any day of the week.


9 posted on 06/23/2012 12:23:52 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Hunton Peck
He said the suspect did not get a shot off. He declined to release his name until he is booked into jail.

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Poor criminal! He never knew what hit him.

10 posted on 06/23/2012 12:24:27 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Hunton Peck

If I had a son...


11 posted on 06/23/2012 12:29:09 PM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: Hunton Peck

Wow, if I had a son, he’d look like this kid.


12 posted on 06/23/2012 12:30:14 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: MNDude

noooooooo...


13 posted on 06/23/2012 12:31:19 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Hunton Peck
If Obama had a Son...

(He'd be the guy laying on the floor with the bullet hole in him)

14 posted on 06/23/2012 12:32:31 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: freedumb2003

This kid did everything right. Kudos to him for protecting himself and his family, and for disabling this criminal.


15 posted on 06/23/2012 12:34:45 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Hunton Peck

According to liberals every time a loaded handgun is left at home kids and innocent people are killed.

How long before the press and libs look at the race of the kid and perp to try to claim racism?


16 posted on 06/23/2012 12:35:24 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Hunton Peck
These days, having a loaded gun around is a good idea.

Practicing the use of that gun is also a good idea.

17 posted on 06/23/2012 12:36:37 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Hunton Peck
Go ahead, punk. Make my day.
18 posted on 06/23/2012 12:44:51 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Mad Dawgg

OMG you guys are baaaad!!


19 posted on 06/23/2012 12:53:39 PM PDT by punditwannabe
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To: Hunton Peck

from the AP article: “....police don’t yet know what the suspect’s intentions were and that will be one of the first questions they ask him when he is well enough to talk.....”
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Well, duh!!! The “suspect” unsuccessfully uses a woman to knock on the door as a ruse to gain entry and, when that doesn’t work, then breaks down the door to gain entry.

Props to the kid and also to the parents who brought up a kid wise & mature beyond his years. The kid’s actions ensured a happy ending instead of a potential story about grieving parents and four dead kids killed by unknown assailants.

The kid learned well the lessons of Armed Defense 101. Now he’s ready to take Armed Defense 201 and learn the concept of the “double tap”.

Good going kid—you’re a credit to your family and your community.


20 posted on 06/23/2012 1:02:20 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Hunton Peck
booked into jail within the week on counts of aggravated assault and burglary, Holmes said.

Why burglary? Why not armed robbery?

21 posted on 06/23/2012 1:03:13 PM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Hunton Peck

A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder....

22 posted on 06/23/2012 1:03:57 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: freedumb2003

These is a great teachable moment for all parents what to teach their oldest children what to do in case of such a situation.

This young man must have great parents.


23 posted on 06/23/2012 1:09:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Hunton Peck

37 year old attacker with a gun in a minimum of armed daylight breaking and entering. Perp had a woman accomplice so my guess is wealth distribution and a contribution to someone’s election campaign who favors gun control and confiscation.


24 posted on 06/23/2012 1:09:55 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: Hunton Peck
"Holmes hailed the teen's actions and his parents for teaching the kids to never open the door to strangers."

breath-taking. The door got knocked down. It's the weapon and a kid who knew how to use it,that saved the day, for which the kid gets semi-chastised later on in the article.
25 posted on 06/23/2012 1:14:57 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)
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To: Mad Dawgg

“If Obama had a Son...
(He’d be the guy laying on the floor with the bullet hole in him) “

Since we don’t have a photo of the perp, we are left wondering if it was indeed “one of Obama’s sons, or one of his “cousins” from Mexico! Any one betting on this one?


26 posted on 06/23/2012 1:21:36 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: House Atreides

‘The kid learned well the lessons of Armed Defense 101. Now he’s ready to take Armed Defense 201 and learn the concept of the “double tap”.’

Then have him take the Armed Defense 301 class where he get to learn the Mozambique Drill (aka “triple tap”) of two to the body and one to the head.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozambique_Drill


27 posted on 06/23/2012 1:22:18 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: 2111USMC
Why burglary? Why not armed robbery?

Aggravated burglary = illegally entering a dwelling while armed with a deadly weapon (or words to that effect). It's like armed robbery + breaking and entering, sort of. Some states have supplemented that with "home invasion" charges, which just adds a "dwelling was occupied" element to the burglary.

Armed robbery would be a more applicable charge if the victim were accosted and threatened while out on the street, basically anywhere outside their house or apartment.

28 posted on 06/23/2012 1:23:14 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: txrefugee

having an UNLOCKED, LOADED gun and telling the boy where it was and 2)

Exactly!!! Had the weapon been locked and/or unloaded they would all be dead.


29 posted on 06/23/2012 1:23:36 PM PDT by klb99 (I now understand why the South seceeded)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Mozambique Drill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuQKr2AkKDU


30 posted on 06/23/2012 1:24:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Hunton Peck
Good job, kid!

Almost a good job... he didn't KILL him, so he'll be relaxing in jail, while TAXPAYERS will be supporting the WORTHLESS POS!!

Next time kid, shoot for the heart..

31 posted on 06/23/2012 1:26:18 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: ExCTCitizen; freedumb2003
I think, given all the circumstances, as freedumb2003 laid out in post #5, plus the fact that he had a gun pointed at him, we can't really fault this kid young man one bit.
32 posted on 06/23/2012 1:36:42 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (The patient is bleeding to death! Apply more leeches!)
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To: freedumb2003

Putting the Constitution into action - SOLO!

Something the good old boys TOGETHER couldn’t do with the imposter, BO, the thief who broke into our system, and has stolen the goods of America.


33 posted on 06/23/2012 1:40:20 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Then have him take the Armed Defense 301 class where he get to learn the Mozambique Drill (aka “triple tap”) of two to the body and one to the head.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozambique_Drill
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Hell yeah!!


34 posted on 06/23/2012 1:54:14 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Hunton Peck

If this was CA, NY or IL, the perp would not be jailed afterward, the teen would be arrested and taken to juve, CPS would be after the parents.


35 posted on 06/23/2012 1:54:46 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Hunton Peck

So glad this ended this way. The kid protected himself and his siblings, but he will not have to live with the knowledge of having taken another’s life.


36 posted on 06/23/2012 2:04:57 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Hunton Peck

What’s not stated is whether the invader knew that the kids were there. There’s a good chance that he didn’t. There’s also a chance that he was after something (maybe the kids, maybe property). Just cannot tell.

It’s very nice to see the officer praising the kid and his parents, as others have said - leaving a loaded gun in the presence of a minor will get you locked up in most of the country.


37 posted on 06/23/2012 2:09:21 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Hunton Peck
"I'm not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted."

Did the cop say that? Sheesh!
Unlike policemen who always have everything under control. Yeah, right.
The kid was probably scared out of his mind and he still did all the right things. Better than most adults.
What should he have done if he had given "full thought"?
Yea, I know, dial 911 and wait for the police. Somehow that seems insufficient.

I hope the parents don't get hell for the gun being accessible to a minor.

38 posted on 06/23/2012 2:13:11 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: freedumb2003

Why do I get the feeling that this kid does not look as if he could be the spawn of “The Zoro”?


39 posted on 06/23/2012 2:15:53 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: freedumb2003

If I was this kid’s parents I would be swollen up with pride!

I fully expect the district attorney to file charges against the parents. This child should never have had access to a loaded gun in the home. Any gun in the house should have been locked up in one place and the ammo in another, also locked. The boy should have called 911 and waited for the police. /s


40 posted on 06/23/2012 2:22:26 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: Hunton Peck

I was hoping to see a picture of the perp on the AP website.

I’m sure that was just an oversight.


41 posted on 06/23/2012 2:24:27 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Charles Martel

In Missouri “Armed Criminal Action” would be added to the list of charges.


42 posted on 06/23/2012 2:29:23 PM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: Hunton Peck

“Don’t mess with Arizona”


43 posted on 06/23/2012 2:48:32 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: ExCTCitizen

I’m happy the 14 yr. old doesn’t have the weight of taking a life, on his shoulders.
He can focus on having saved his siblings.

Detached....I’m all for dead perps.

More thoughtfully....I’m glad it worked out this way.


44 posted on 06/23/2012 2:53:55 PM PDT by G Larry (There's no hope of a safe landing when you hire a suicidal pilot!)
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To: freedumb2003

But...stupid #1: The doctors, who are probably slapping themselves on the after performing another “miracle”, and tallying up the bill...which, of course, we will pay, because the odds of this guy having insurance is somewhere between absolutely none and zero. I think that putting a band-aid on it and hoping for the best would have been sufficient.

To those that say, “bad shooting”, I would give this “boy”, more of a man than many men, MASSIVE slack in this area. If needed, I hope that I have the maturity and wits to perform that well in a life or death crisis.


45 posted on 06/23/2012 2:59:57 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: BitWielder1

“I hope the parents don’t get hell for the gun being accessible to a minor.”

Are you kidding? The media/police/bedwetters wouldn’t dare touch that.


46 posted on 06/23/2012 3:03:48 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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...Are you kidding? The media/police/bedwetters wouldn’t dare touch that....

Arizona no, California likely


47 posted on 06/23/2012 3:27:08 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: Hunton Peck

Excellent work! A- (A is for the intruder dead, and A+ if the intruder was disintegrated on impact).


48 posted on 06/23/2012 3:32:58 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: BitWielder1
About that quote and your comment... "... but this young man did exactly what he should have done," he said. "I'm not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted."

In the context of the officer's remarks, it actually looks like he is actually giving the young man praise. After all, a well trained firearm user will, indeed, "just act". Until the training takes hold, the trainee must think through whatever he/she must do to accomplish the goal. This young man obviously knew what he was doing and ...

... did it.

Under pressure

And from a position requiring a shot downhill

that almost killed the perp!

I couldn't ask for anything more than that. He took aim, squeezed the trigger, and hit the target, taking out the target with only one shot! A Marksman in my book.

49 posted on 06/23/2012 3:43:49 PM PDT by egfowler3 (Why do I even bother? No one's listening.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Have they arrested the kid yet?


50 posted on 06/23/2012 4:10:31 PM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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