A St. Louis couple handled a nightmare scenario with quick action to protect themselves and their two children. Those who meant to bring harm to the family, however, did not fare so well.
Around 11 p.m. Monday, a pair of armed thugs reportedly seized a 17-year-old girl outside of her home. Police say the duo then forced their way into the residence, using the teen as a human shield.
Her father witnessed the entire incident; and as they approached his door, he grabbed a gun and began firing – quite accurately – in the direction of the intruders. The girl’s mother also fired, though reports indicate she did not hit either intruder.
Terrell Johnson was fatally wounded in the shooting and died on the family’s living room floor. The second captor, Cortez McClinton, was able to hobble away with gunshot wounds to both legs and his chest.
McClinton was hospitalized in critical condition and has several serious charges to face upon his recovery.
Aside from the obvious damage done to their home, the family was safe thanks to the decisive action of a father determined to protect his family. Reports indicate that, in addition to the teenage girl and her parents, a five-year-old boy was at home during the incident.
As for the threat posed by this gun-wielding duo, previous charges against McClinton indicate murder was a distinct possibility. About four years ago, he was charged with shooting into a vehicle and killing a 28-year-old passenger.
While that charge was ultimately dropped because of an uncooperative witness, he has had plenty of other run-ins with the law, including vehicle tampering and drug distribution convictions.
Second Amendment advocates have often cited the self-evident truth that criminals are, by nature, undeterred by laws prohibiting gun ownership. If the apparently law-abiding parents of this teenager had been precluded from protecting her, one can only imagine how this story could have had a much more tragic conclusion.
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