UPDATED 4:12 PM PT – Friday, July 9, 2021
A 12-year-old boy from Louisiana is being hailed a hero after fatally shooting an armed intruder who was threatening his mother. Authorities have said the assailant, 32-year-old Brad LeBlanc, forced the boy’s mother into her Clinton, Louisiana home at gunpoint last week.
When a struggle ensued, the young boy shot the suspect with a hunting rifle. First responders transported LeBlanc to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Reports said two suspects have been charged in connection with the home invasion. Johnathon Barker was charged with second-degree murder and Jennifer Bond was arrested for accessory after the fact.
Sheriff Jeff Travis said he has stayed in close contact with the 12-year-old’s mother. The mother said she has already taken the necessary steps to get him the help he needs in dealing with this traumatic experience.
“The support of the family and the community in the fact that the mother is understanding that he’s going to need some treatment and need to talk to people and helping him understand that he’s a very normal person that was put in an abnormal situation,” said Travis.
Sheriff Travis said his office has no plans to bring charges against the 12-year-old.