Every American citizen has a God-given right to defend themselves against violent aggression.
However, exercising those rights does not come easy for most and commands real bravery.
Thankfully, a Pennsylvania boy knew of his self-defense rights when his father went on an armed rampage, threatening the safety of the child and the rest of his family.
Authorities say the young boy, who is not named to protect his identity, likely saved the lives of his family members when he fatally shot his dad to stop the father’s violent armed rampage.
In a press release, Northumberland County District Attorney Michael O’Donnell said:
“Preliminary investigation has indicated… the juvenile’s actions were justifiable and prevented the death or serious bodily injury to the remaining individuals inside the home.
“Considering the tragic nature of this incident, we ask for respect and privacy for the family during this difficult time.”
Police say violence erupted on January 7 in Lower Mahanoy Township.
Violence erupted when 47-year-old Tracey Adams reportedly got into a verbal altercation with his wife.
The altercation quickly became physical and also involved their juvenile daughter, according to the police report.
The wife and young girl reportedly fled their home to the house of Adams’ stepdaughter, Brandi Hauck, 31.
Adams reportedly followed his wife and daughter to Hauck’s home.
He demanded she open the front door, police said.
He brandished a firearm while outside the house.
However, Hauck refused him entry.
The police report shows that Adams reportedly shot at Hauck through the front door, killing her.
He then made his way into the home, police said.
Adams then announced that he intended to kill everyone inside – which included his wife and juvenile son and daughter.
Authorities say the unidentified juvenile boy retrieved a firearm that was in the home and shielded his sister and mom from Adams.
The boy then opened fire on his father as he advanced on the family, killing him.
Police have not released the boy’s age.
Authorities found Adams dead upon arrival at the home.
The police report noted that the DA responded to the scene and declined to file criminal charges.
The investigation shows the boy clearly acted in self-defense and in order to preserve other lives and committed no crimes.
“(We) extend our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragic event,” the DA said in his statement.