The article below is just one more among hundreds every year in which innocent people use a gun to save their life or the life of a loved one. What is shocking about this story is the commands of the 911 dispatcher and so far I haven’t heard anyone bring it up.
A fourteen year old boy and his seventeen year old sister are at home alone. Three blacks break the glass out of the back door and invade the home. Their intent is burglary and they may just decide to kill anyone who gets in their way or who may provide testimony in a court of law.
The two kids are hiding and as one of the men come around the corner, the brave fourteen year old boy, aims and fires a shotgun, killing the first intruder. The boy’s sister has called 911 to report the breakin. The boy gets on the phone after shooting the creep, and the dispatcher orders him to put the gun down. He asks the dispatcher what to do if another one comes.
Instead if telling the boy to keep the gun loaded (there is still one round in the chamber) and be on the look out, stay calm, and ready to shoot, the question is ignored. The dispatcher tells the boy the police are on the way and to inform the 911 office when they get there.
This could of gone one of two ways. The kid puts the gun down and one of the other men attacks him and his sister killing both. Or the kid doesn’t put his gun down, shoots another intruder, and then gets arrested for ignoring an order from dispatch.
Either way, this dispatcher should be fired or reprimanded at the least.
Henderson Teen Tells 911 Dispatcher: ‘I Just Shot the Man’
A 14-year-old Henderson boy calmly described in a 911 call how he shot an intruder in a home invasion last week.
“I just shot the man. He came around the corner. I shot him. He broke the whole glass out (of the back door),” the teen told the 911 dispatcher.
Authorities said Michael Henderson Jr. 19, broke into the home at 586 S. Lynnbank Road on Thursday while the teen and his 17-year-old sister were home.
The boy told the dispatcher that Henderson pointed a handgun at him, but Vance County Sheriff Peter White said deputies found no weapon on Henderson.
Henderson stumbled outside after being shot and was found dead on the lawn.
Deputies have charged Andrew Terry, 23, of 113 N. Woods Drive, with felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and injury to real property in the case. They also are searching for two other men—Seneca Henderson, 20, of 907 S. Beckford Drive, No. 134, and Jatwaun Davis, 21, of 199 Belle Russell Road.
The boy’s sister called 911 to report that someone was banging on the door trying to get in. She said she was hiding in her bedroom closet but told the dispatcher that her brother had a gun.
After the brother got on the phone, the dispatcher ordered him to put down his shotgun.
“I don’t know how many it was (who broke in). Just one came around the corner. I got one more in the chamber. I’m going to shoot again,” the boy said.
“Do not, while I’m on the phone, do not fire that firearm, OK?” the dispatcher said.
“What if another one comes in the house, ma’am?” he asked.
As the boy and his sister waited for deputies to arrive, he told the dispatcher that he was “perfectly fine,” but his sister was “really shaken up.”
No charges are expected against the teen for firing on Henderson. North Carolina’s Castle Doctrine law, updated on Dec. 1, allows homeowners to assume intruders mean them ill whether they have a weapon on not.
UPDATE – Two More Arrests Made
Henderson, N.C. — Vance County deputies have arrested two more men wanted in a fatal Henderson home invasion last week, in which a teenager shot and killed one of the intruders.
Michael Anthony Henderson Jr., 19, is accused of going to the home at 586 S. Lynnbank Road on Thursday, along with his brother and two other men.
A 14-year-old boy and his 17-year-old sister were home at the time, and the boy shot and killed Henderson.
Deputies have charged Seneca Henderson, 20, of 907 S. Beckford Drive, No. 134, and Jatwaun Donkes Davis, 21, of 199 Belle Russell Road, with felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, entering a building with intent to commit larceny and injury to real property.
Andrew Terry, 23, of 113 N. Woods Drive, was charged with first-degree burglary, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession stolen goods and misdemeanor financial card fraud.
All three are expected to make their first court appearances next Monday.