Alabama 11 year old shoots intruder

By Faye Higbee

Talladega, Alabama – WTVM reported about a young boy who took care of an intruder that broke into his home. Eleven year old Chris Gaither’s step-dad taught him how to shoot. That skill came in handy on Wednesday, when a man broke into his home and threatened him while he was home alone.

“I told him I was going to kill him if he didn’t get out of my house.”Chris

Chris was by himself Wednesday morning when he heard a noise. He was scared, and grabbed .9mm handgun kept in the house.  The suspect came downstairs and threatened the boy, “saying f-you and all that” apparently thinking the gun was not real.

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Screenshot of WVTM interview with Chris Gaither

Real gun, not a toy, bad guys beware

The boy began shooting the weapon…and the suspect quickly figured out the gun was most certainly real. The suspect had a hamper in his hand and ran outside as Chris began firing.

“I shot through the hamper that he was carrying. It was a full metal jacket bullet. Went straight through the hamper and through his leg. He started crying like a — baby.” Chris

The name of the suspect has not been released, but Chris’ Mom says the man has robbed their home before, though they do not know him. He was taken to Brookwood Health Center-Baptist Citizen’s Medical Center.

“I hope you learn your lesson coming to this house trying to steal stuff.” Chris

Hopefully that is true. With someone other than the family Bassett Hound protecting the place, the bad guys should beware!

Castle Doctrine

The Alabama law states,

 “A person is justified in using physical force upon another person in order to defend himself or herself or a third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by that other person, and he or she may use a degree of force which he or she reasonably believes to be necessary for the purpose. A person may use deadly physical force, and is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly physical force in self-defense or the defense of another person pursuant to subdivision (4), if the person reasonably believes that another person is:

(1) Using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force.

(2) Using or about to use physical force against an occupant of a dwelling while committing or attempting to commit a burglary of such dwelling…”