A twelve-year-old boy recently shot and killed an armed robber who broke into his home and attacked his mom.
According to the Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, thirty-two-year-old Brad LeBlanc was seen armed with a gun and attacking a female resident in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, last week.
The armed man forced the woman to the ground before her twelve-year-old son took matters into his own hands and shot the man with a hunting rifle.
People online have since shared their thoughts on the incident...
"He did what he had to do, I've no sympathy for people who think it's their God-given right to break into other people's property and steal their hard-earned money or possessions, we should be able to protect our family and what we own at all cost," one Facebook user wrote.
Another commented: "The poor boy will need some therapy though. Has to be emotionally traumatizing to kill someone even if in self-defense."
"Good for him! It was a fight or flight situation, he defended his mom, what would the outcome be otherwise? He was defending his family," a third wrote.
The young boy later told police that he was scared for both his and his mother's life which is what led him to fire the gun.
Emergency officials arrived on the scene and tried to revive LeBlanc before he was transported to Lane Regional Medical Center; but was pronounced dead due to the gunshot wound.
"I don't know what you tell a kid like that. That is such a horrific incident that I tried to put myself in that position this week thinking when my kids were twelve years old if they were to have to do that what would I have told them," said Sheriff Jeff Travis, according to WAFB.
Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office identified 2 other suspects who were also involved in the break-in that took place last Wednesday.
Jonathan Barker was booked for second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary, and principal to aggravated kidnapping. Jennifer Bond was also charged as an accessory to the crime.
Sheriff Travis kept in contact with the mother and her son after the incident and she has informed him they are ensuring the boy gets all the help he needs following the shooting.
"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," Travis continued.
Officials said on Friday that it is unlikely the child will face any charges. However, the investigation into the home invasion is still ongoing and will go to the District Attorney's office once it is complete.