12-year-old boy shoots and kills man who broke into home, threatened mother

A 12-year-old fatally shot an armed man who broke into his family’s house in Louisiana and threatened his mother, authorities said.

The home invasion happened June 30 near Clinton, news outlets reported. According to East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeffery Travis, Brad LeBlanc, 32, was armed with a pistol when he encountered the unidentified woman outside her house that morning.

LeBlanc forced the woman inside, and a struggle broke out between them. Travis said that her son, who authorities haven’t named, feared for his mother’s life and shot LeBlanc with a hunting rifle. The Vidalia man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Travis said his office doesn’t have evidence at this time that would incriminate the boy and there aren’t plans to bring charges against him, according to The Advocate. The local district attorney will decide whether the shooting was justified when the sheriff’s office finishes its investigation.

Johnathon Barker of Clinton was arrested in connection with the break-in. He was charged with second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated kidnapping. Travis told the newspaper that while Barker isn’t directly accused of killing anyone, his participation in the burglary led to LeBlanc’s death.

Jennifer Bond of Ethel was charged with one count of accessory after the fact. She and Barker were booked into the parish prison. It wasn’t immediately clear if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

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