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2 years 17 weeks ago, 3:25 PM

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A 14-year-old Phoenix boy shot an intruder who broke into his home while brandishing a gun as the teenager watched his three younger siblings, police said.

The teen and his brothers and sisters were at home alone at their residence at 55th Avenue and Baseline when a woman rang the doorbell Friday. The teen didn't open the door because he didn't recognize her, Police Officer James Holmes said Saturday.

Soon after, the teen heard a bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent's bedroom. When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man breaking through the front door and point a gun at him.

The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who is in critical condition but expected to survive and be booked into jail.

Holmes said the suspect did not get a shot off. He declined to release his name until he is booked into jail.

The woman who rang the home's doorbell got away.

Holmes hailed the teen's actions and his parents for teaching the kids to never open the door to strangers.

"The police and indeed our community does not ever want to see a situation where a teenager of that age has to take a weapon to protect his family ... but this young man did exactly what he should have done," he said. "I'm not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted."

Holmes said that the gun the teen grabbed was his father's, but did not know whether the boy had been trained to use it.

He said the family, whose names were not released, is declining to speak to reporters about the ordeal, saying that they "are all pretty traumatized."

"The dad was pretty much out of his mind with distress, officers couldn't even talk to him," Holmes said. "It's going to take them a while to recover mentally."

He said police don't yet know what the suspect's intentions were and that will be one of the first questions they ask him when he is well enough to talk.

"This was mid-block in a neighborhood, at 4:30 in the afternoon in summertime and children are there," he said. "They just took a heck of a gamble for this particular house, and we've got to try to figure out why."

Holmes added that the family is lucky that the teen acted so swiftly and effectively.

"As ugly as this is, and as much as this family is going through, we don't have injured children on our hands," he said.

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2 years 17 weeks ago, 4:53 PM

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no prosecution against the kid or parents for allowing him access to a gun?give that kid a gold star and an ice-cream sundae!they were probably there to swipe the kids.

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2 years 17 weeks ago, 5:19 PM

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May God bless him and give him peace. He did the right thing.

2 years 17 weeks ago, 8:27 PM

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Brave young man

That is a brave young man. Will be praying for him and his family, they will need it. He did the right thing, but will affect him for the rest of his life. May GOD bless him!

2 years 16 weeks ago, 10:29 AM

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Mea Culpa

:>)

2 years 16 weeks ago, 12:12 PM

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:<)

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2 years 16 weeks ago, 1:32 PM

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Bravo!

Brave kid takes down scumbag to protect his home and family, I call this a win for the good guys. Won't be surprised if the Attorney General wants him tried for violating the dirtbag's civil rights though.

2 years 16 weeks ago, 8:32 PM

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I filter my info from the internet and sources that I trust. I don't pay for or read newspapers either, that just keeps them supplied in money to spew their Commy/Marxist/Left Wing/Socialist Bullshit...

2 years 16 weeks ago, 11:22 PM

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I collect news outlets by following links. It gets very interesting. I stopped watching TV news 20-25 years ago when I realized how agitated I was becoming during the news programs. The reporting conflicted with what I perceived to be the actual story.

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2 years 16 weeks ago, 8:21 AM

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Boy hero

Always good to read this. That's why I love the NRA's "Armed Citizen".

Others mentioned, and it got me wondering too, in Texas, if you leave a firearm where a child under 17 can access it without supervision, it is a violation of the law.
So it makes me wonder, if this happened in Texas, would the DA press charges against the parents?

It is this scenario that makes me think what a stupid law that is. Should the parents be responsible for any damage or death the child performs if this happens? Sure. But just because the kid can get to it, you are a criminal? Stupid. I completely have faith in my son to my firearms when I'm not around. That's because I taught him safety and responsibility and pounded these messages home.

Again, good for this kid. Too bad the bad guy lived though.

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