15 Year Old Florida Boy Fires Shotgun to Stop Attempted Home Invasion
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|Incident at a Glance|
|Gun(s) Used:||Long Gun, Shotgun||Location:||Home|
|# of Suspects:||1||Shots Fired:||1|
Well, it looks like this weekend was one for the books to show why trained young adults should be able to access the family firearms. On Saturday we reported a story about a 13 year old Texas boy who used a Ruger 10/22 to defend his mother from a violent trespasser.
Now, we have another case out of Florida in which a 15 year old boy used a shotgun to stop an attempted home invasion.
According to local media outlets,
…The 15-year-old victim stated that he was home alone when he heard banging coming from the back of the residence.
The teen investigated the noise and saw the suspect attempting to open the back door.
At this point, the teen feared for his safety, so he armed himself with a shotgun.
The 15-year-old then fired a warning shot into an interior door which caused the suspect to flee the scene.
It should be noted that Florida recently made changes to their self defense laws clarifying that warning shots in defensive situations are legal.
Police were unable to track down the suspect who was identified as a white male, close to 6′ tall, slim-medium build, wearing a black mask, black jacket and blue jeans.
This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.