Two alleged criminals apparently thought taking a teenage girl hostage was their ticket to success. Little did they know her parents had guns and weren’t afraid to use them.
According to the St. Louis Post–Dispatch, police say a 17-year-old girl, who is not named in the report, went outside to retrieve something from her car at around 11 p.m. Monday night. Two masked gunmen, 33-year-old Cortez McClinton and 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, then allegedly forced her into her home, using her as a shield.
But her 34-year-old father, who is also not named in the report, spotted the crime in progress. As they approached the door, he reportedly fired several shots. He struck both men as they entered the home.
Her 34-year-old mother also fired a shot but didn’t strike anyone.
As noted in the report, McClinton fled and got his brother to transport him to a hospital. He was treated for gunshot wounds to his chest and both thighs. The alleged intruder is facing charges of armed criminal action, burglary, kidnapping and second-degree murder.
His alleged partner, Johnson, collapsed on the floor inside the home. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Of course, it’s sad that someone died during this ordeal. Most responsible gun owners never want to be put in this situation.
But this incident demonstrates once again that criminals are typically no match for armed citizens. This man even fought off at least four intruders with just one gun if you need another example.
What do you think? Did this teen’s parents do the right thing by firing at the intruders? What would you have done in this situation?