Houston, TX -- The teenaged son of a Harris County Precinct 1 deputy shot a home intruder Tuesday afternoon with his father's AR-15 rifle, according to deputies.
The 15-year-old boy was home with his 12-year-old sister when a pair of burglars tried to come into the home through the front and back doors. When that failed, the intruders broke a back window. The teenager allegedly grabbed his father's assault rifle and defended himself and his sister.
The intruders fled, and later showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds.
"We don't try to hide things from our children in law enforcement," Lt. Jeffrey Stauber said. "That young boy was protecting his sister. He was in fear for his life and her life."
One of the intruders, an adult, turned up at the hospital with at least three gunshot wounds. He was airlifted to Memorial Hermann hospital. The second suspect, a juvenille, was taken back to the crime scene, authorities reported.
Neighbors claim that burglars had recently robbed two houses in the neighborhood. According to reports, the deputy's home had already been robbed once.
"They stole everything -- what they have inside. They already did it one time," Rafael Cortez said.
After the increasing number of public shootings this year, more and more stories are surfacing in which residents are using guns to protect themselves and their families. Breitbart News recently reported an incident in which a mother used a.38 revolver against an intruder, and another in which a man used a handgun to shoot a robber who was threatening his 2-month-old baby.
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