A 12-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed an armed burglar after he threatened the boy’s mother during a home invasion in Louisiana last month, authorities said.
The East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Brad LeBlanc, of Vidalia, was allegedly armed with a pistol when he encountered the unidentified mother outside her home near Clinton, Louisiana, on June 30, The Advocate reported. LeBlanc allegedly forced the woman inside her home, where a struggle broke out. The woman’s 12-year-old son feared for his mother’s life and allegedly used a hunting rifle to shoot LeBlanc, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeffery Travis said.
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LeBlanc was given emergency aid by officers and first responders before being rushed to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Travis said in a statement that they had no evidence at this time that would “incriminate the 12-year-old,” thus the sheriff’s office will not bring charges against the boy. He added that it will be up to the local district attorney to decide whether or not the shooting was justified after the sheriff’s office concludes its investigation.
Two others who allegedly took part in the invasion were arrested following the incident. “I don’t know what you tell a kid like that. That is such a horrific incident that I tried to put myself in that position this week thinking when my kids were 12 years old, if they were to have to do that what would I have told them,” Travis was quoted by WAFB-TV as saying. The mother began taking steps to get herself and her son help after the shooting, Travis said [IB Times].