MORGAN COUNTY, TN — A man is dead after he attacked his own wife to the extent that her son had to defend her with a .44 magnum lever-action — he’s twelve years old.
The man was shot twice with the magnum cartridge — I don’t think I have to tell you he didn’t survive the self-made incident.
As the Jackson Sun reports:
The victim, identified as Kevron Thomas “Tommy” Durham, 56, was shot twice, including once in the chest, with a Ruger .44 magnum, lever-action rifle late Saturday night at a home in the Deer Lodge community, according to a news release from 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office. A family member, who was not present during the shooting, called E-911 from another residence.
Authorities received at least five previous calls for service from the home involving domestic violence incidents, none of which resulted in criminal charges, according to the release. The shooting remains under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
“It appears that this is going to be a situation of the juvenile coming to the defense of his mother, who was a victim in this and the other incidents of domestic violence,” Johnson said.
He added that the challenge now is deciding how best to ensure the child’s well-being going forward.
“We feel like this juvenile suspect needs counseling and services that could be provided in juvenile court, if he were charged in juvenile court,” Johnson said. “But if he were an adult, we wouldn’t charge him — it’s defense of a third party.”
You could absolutely do that, or –and hear me out — you don’t charge a kid for a crime when he’s innocent.
I mean, seriously?
There are other methods available to help a kid in crisis — putting them into a juvenile court mess is not reasonable, as honorable as these law enforcement personnel’s intentions may be.
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