14-Year-Old Grandson Saves the Day

   12.21.14

14-Year-Old Grandson Saves the Day

Mint Hill, NC – In a great example of why kids should be taught shooting skills, a 14-year-old boy visiting his grandparents’ house reportedly had to use deadly force against an intruder who broke a window and kept trying to enter the house in spite of his warnings.

Apparently, two brothers were working together. The younger one, age 18, was breaking into the house. Anyone familiar with the house, which had been broken into twice in the previous month, would expect only a grandmother to be inside the home. Her husband was not home at the time, but thankfully their grandson was there.

The grandmother was described by her husband as “getting over an illness,” and her prescription medication may have been what the thieves were after.

After hearing glass breaking, the teen armed himself and warned the intruder. When the criminal kept coming, the teen fired three times.

It’s unknown where the older (age 22) brother was at the time of the shooting, but not long afterward, he drove a gray SUV away from the scene. Police later arrested him and charged him with first-degree burglary. He was easy to find because he was wearing an electronic monitor. You see, he was on probation for breaking into the same house twice before!

Sadly, it wasn’t the first time the young man’s life had been touched by violence. His grandfather said that when the boy was just eight years old, his father was murdered in his place of business.

Thank goodness he was there visiting his grandparents and that he knew how to use a gun. Anyone who attempts to break into a house that he knows is inhabited cannot have good intentions for the residents.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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