GOOD: Teen Shoots Abusive Ex-Stepfather To Protect His Mother - Leavenworth, KS

GOOD: Teen Shoots Abusive Ex-Stepfather To Protect His Mother - Leavenworth, KS

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    GOOD: Teen Shoots Abusive Ex-Stepfather To Protect His Mother - Leavenworth, KS

    Son Shoots Ex-Stepdad To Protect Her, Mom Says - Kansas City News Story - KCTV Kansas City

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- A teen took aim with a gun, his mother said, but it was the shooting victim who was in trouble with the law Friday night.

    The teenager's mother, who was caught in the middle, said her son pulled the trigger and shot her ex-husband to save her.

    She agreed to talk anonymously to help other women who may be stuck in a domestic violence situation.

    The woman's 16-year-old son shot her ex-husband Friday morning on the front lawn of their Leavenworth home, but she said he did it to protect her.

    "He started ranting and raving, and I told him he needed to leave and go home, and he got mad," the woman said.

    The woman said her ex-husband had been abusive many times before, so she divorced him two years ago.

    But at 2:30 a.m., he suddenly barged into her home. She said he pulled out a knife and dragged her into the front yard, and that was when she said her son grabbed a gun from the house and pulled the trigger, hitting his ex-stepfather in the stomach.

    "He's a very quiet kid, and he's not the type to do anything like that, but he had had enough," she said.

    Her wounded ex-husband jumped into his truck. Instead of heading to either of the two hospitals in Leavenworth, he drove himself all the way to Kansas City, Kan., to Providence Medical Center, where police said he lied about what happened.

    "He indicated that he had been shot somewhere else besides Leavenworth," said Chief Pat Kitchens, of the Leavenworth Police Department.

    The mother said she was glad her ex-husband survived so her son wouldn't have to deal with that burden for the rest of his life. And she is focused on helping her son and daughter heal from such a traumatic ordeal.

    "My kids have been through a lot, you know? They're going through counseling and that's something that's very highly recommended because when you've got family violence, it's not easy, especially on the kids," she said.

    Police said the teen was not arrested. He will likely not face any charges because what he did was in self-defense to protect himself and his mother.

    In the meantime, the ex-husband is recovering in the hospital. From there, he will be moved to the jail to face possible charges of burglary, kidnapping and assault.
    What about possible murder charges? Anyhow, it is refreshing to hear that the woman had the common sense to divorce the guy, and that she had a weapon in the home for defensive purposes. Obviously it would have been better if she had it on her person, but at least her son had access to it when needed.

    Tough situation for the kid, shoot or not while the ex- was holding a knife on mom. Good that she has the kids in counseling, and that the scumbag didn't die. Would've been nice to clean the pool, but that might be a tough thing for the kid to deal with for the rest of his life.

    OTOH, mom described him as a very quiet kid, and he had obviously reached his breaking point and decided that something needed to be done so maybe he would've dealt with things just fine. I am thinking that the kids stature at school went up a few notches.

    This is at least the 3rd story I have posted in the last few weeks where a family member had to use deadly force to protect themselves from a relative. Sad.
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    Maybe it's the sign of the times...father against son, brother against brother, but a person has a responsibility to protect self and family.

    This idea of 'stopping a threat' when it's a relative has been discussed many times within these threads.
    I see no difference in defending against the threat from a stranger or a relative. In the case of the relative, it might be a bit more difficult for the authorities so sort out the pieces. OMO

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    I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the X will go to Jail.

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    I wonder who they are... I still know a couple of people in Leavonworth from my time there...

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