A home invasion and attempted robbery in Shreveport Sunday night ended with the teen intruder being fatally shot and the homeowner distraught over the teen’s poor choices, WAFB reports.
The teen suspect, who was armed with a shotgun, barged into the woman’s home and demanded that she give him cash from a safe. The terrified woman led the teen to the safe, but little did he know that the safe was also where the woman store her gun.
“And as I was unlocking the safe and I prayed to God to give me strength, to get through this, it’ll be me or him,” the woman, who did not wish to be identified, told reporters.
When she opened the safe, she realized that there was no cash inside, only coins. At that point, the woman thought, “He’s gonna kill me either way because I done tricked him to come back here.”
With a shotgun pointed directly at her, the 63-year-old great grandmother made a brave decision that would ultimately protect her as well as her granddaughter and great grandson who were also inside the home.
“And I said here you go, and he let go of one hand off his gun, because it was pointed right at me, and reached for the bag of coins, and that’s when I fired my gun, and hit him with the first round,” recalled the woman, who had never fired a gun before and had no previous firearms training. Instinct just kicked in she said.
After a brief struggle with the woman, the teen ran out of the house, but collapsed in front of a nearby house.
When police arrived, the suspect, who was later identified as 16-year-old Devon Antonio Young, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
“Fifty five dollars in coins, and he lost his life,” the tear-filled great grandmother told reporters, adding that her heart goes out to the teen’s family. She never intended to kill the boy she said, but was left with no choice.