As the saying goes: when seconds count, police are only minutes away. But that wasn’t fast enough to help a brave 13-year-old boy who had to defend himself against two hardened criminals who were attempting a home invasion.
The Ladson, South Carolina teen saw the two breaking into the back of his home, at which time he too his mother’s gun to protect himself.
When he saw the men enter the home, “he feared for his safety” according to the police report.
The Sheriff’s office reported that the boy opened fire on the pair, and they returned fire.
The shootout went on for “minutes” according to the boy – after which time he was still standing, and the two felons were shot and bleeding.
According to reports from The Post and Courier, the youth, who has not been identified, was home alone. That’s when he saw a suspicious vehicle pulled up at 1 p.m.
The boy allegedly called the police, but before they could arrive the men were entering the house from the back.
The teen opened fire and chased the suspects out of the house, where he continued to fire at the suspects as they got into their vehicle.
The boy then called his mother, who arrived with the police.
Neighbor Debbie Griffin also called police after hearing about six shots ring out, but by then it was already a life or death situation – with no time for a police response.
One of the suspects, Lamar Anthwan Brown, 31, was dropped off outside the emergency room of a nearby hospital, where he later died.
His accomplice, Ira Bennett, 28, turned himself in later, and was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
(Article by Jackson Marciana)