Two Men Kick In Front Door, Father Fatally Shooting One While Protecting His 4-Year-Old Son

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DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA — A father protected his 4-year-old son by shooting and killing one of four teenagers who violently broke through the front door. Investigators have arrested the other three following their attempt to flee the scene. All four teenagers are believed to have had the day off from school.

According to the news report submitted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the four teenagers first knocked on the man’s door and when he didn’t answer, they broke it down and commenced to robbing the place. The man fled with his 4-year-old upstairs and attempted to hide in a closet. When two of the teenagers broke off from the pack and headed upstairs, he was left with no choice but to protect himself and his son.

This recent attempted burglary comes as no surprise to neighbors who have reported a sharp increase in theft and home invasions.

In this particular case, it appears the homeowner made every reasonable attempt to avoid conflict.

This father acted to the highest degree of care in this particular situation. Dealing with superior numbers, an unknown probability of weapons, he chose to give these men every opportunity to not enter into a fight. When faced with no other opportunity to do so, he shot and killed one of them.

We’re increasingly dealing with teenagers who are unafraid or just too ignorant of the consequences for their actions. Four kids out of school for the day deciding to knock off an occupied home? Sounds like the sort of people that wouldn’t feel bad at all about running into an unarmed home owner and his son. And for three of them, they can refine their strategy in county lock-up where they’ll eventually be tried as adults.

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GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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