Skip to comments.14-year-old Phoenix boy shoots armed intruder
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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Freedom and justice working splendidly. Don’t forget to sue the perps family for the spent cartridges.
Finally, - - some ‘big brother’ we can appreciate!!
>>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<<
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!
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.
Yep, fine shooting kid. I'm proud when my 12 year old has the good aim not to splatter the toilet.
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.
Poor criminal! He never knew what hit him.
If I had a son...
Wow, if I had a son, he’d look like this kid.
(He'd be the guy laying on the floor with the bullet hole in him)
This kid did everything right. Kudos to him for protecting himself and his family, and for disabling this criminal.
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?
Practicing the use of that gun is also a good idea.
OMG you guys are baaaad!!
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.....”
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.
Why burglary? Why not armed robbery?
A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder....
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.
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.
“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?
‘The kid learned well the lessons of Armed Defense 101. Now hes 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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Why do I get the feeling that this kid does not look as if he could be the spawn of “The Zoro”?
If I was this kids 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
I was hoping to see a picture of the perp on the AP website.
I’m sure that was just an oversight.
In Missouri “Armed Criminal Action” would be added to the list of charges.
“Don’t mess with Arizona”
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.
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.
“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.
...Are you kidding? The media/police/bedwetters wouldnt dare touch that....
Arizona no, California likely
Excellent work! A- (A is for the intruder dead, and A+ if the intruder was disintegrated on impact).
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.
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.
Have they arrested the kid yet?