A Missouri boy fatally shot a thief that was trying to steal from a family friend’s farm earlier this week. The boy, whose identity and age is being kept private, was going out to hunt deer and had permission to be on the land, when he spotted the thief on the property.
According to the boy, the thief was allegedly trying to steal a tractor and a wood splitter from the property. The juvenile alerted his father, and the two adults got into an argument.
The boy told police that the intruder tried to move toward him despite the boy telling him to stop. When the man didn’t listen to the boy’s warnings, the child shot the thief with an arrow.
The family’s lawyer, John Peel, said that the young boy feared for his life when the thief came toward him and that is why he fired the shot. The juvenile is claiming self defense.
When police arrived to the 100 block of Valley Springs Road in Jefferson County, Missouri, the body of the thief was identified as Michael J. Slotts, 40.
The Missouri boy was not taken into custody and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Jefferson County police said that the property had been the subject of a string of recent thefts.
The shooting of the thief by the Missouri boy is not the only attempted burglary that happened in Jefferson County this week. Last Thursday, police were called to the 400 block of Sequoia Drive just after 1 a.m. after a homeowner notified them that a group of men had tried to break into his house.
According to the homeowner, two men arrived at his house and tried to open the front door. The owner grabbed his gun and when the men got the door open they sprayed the homeowner with mace and tried to rush passed him.
The homeowner fired multiple shots in self defense and then ran upstairs to dial 911. Police arrived at the scene to find one of the intruders with a gunshot wound to the head on the front steps. This man died at the scene. He was later identified as Wayne Roam, 36.
While investigating, officers saw a SUV driving slowly passed the house. They went to talk to the driver and found 29-year-old Sean Ramsey in the car. Ramsey had what appeared to be blood on his shoes and clothes.
He was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder, burglary and third-degree assault.
The homeowner was not taken into custody and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Officers believe that the burglary was a targeted event.