15-Year Old Shot, Killed During Burglary

Police are investigating a burglary report in Bowling Green that led to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy.

Police say a homeowner called them on Thursday to say he had
just shot a person who was breaking into his house. The juvenile
victim has not been identified. His body was sent to Louisville for
an autopsy.

Police have not named the homeowner, who told a 911 operator
just after 5 p.m. CST that he was asleep when he heard someone
trying to break into his house. The man said he shot the burglar.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound.

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  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Apr 8, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    Where are the parents? We have a 14 year old working in a strip club, kids shooting horses, kids breaking into houses, kids stealing gas and killing a deputy and his service dog, kids out all times of the early morning hours getting killed in car accidents. Where are the parents????
  • by Mark Location: Corbin on Apr 8, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    I remember when 15 was a kid. It was a long time ago. Our children are growing up faster and faster. They know the difference between right and wrong by age 10 now. Plus how big was this robber? I know 6 ft 200lb 12 year olds. In the dark all you see is a silhouette and if you take the time to find out if they have a weapon, you are usually dead. Plus why is the responsibility for this whole incident being laid on the home owner? He was not breaking the law the robber was! Yes, stop calling him a kid. He was a robber, shot in a breaking and entering with the intent to rob this man. To his friends at school I say learn from this. Yes it's very sad but you did not know your friend as well as you thought you did. If you did know he was doing this, you also bear some responsibility for what happened. When you know a friend is breaking the law by robbing, stealing, doing drugs etc. and choose to do nothing, you bear some responsibility for what happens. This is sad, learn from it!!
  • by not trigger happy on Apr 8, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    You all are the reason we have gun control laws. Shoot first, ask later. Would you really be proud of yourself if you killed a 15 year old or anyone for that matter, especially when they had not directly assaulted you? What if it had been a younger child? Would you still be celebrating? The kid obviously had problems, but all you know is what is written above. Protect yourself and your property, but get real. Don't celebrate death. You should all move to Saudi Arabia where criminals are treated like you want them to be here. All you know is that the homeowner said someone was breaking into his house. What if that really wasn't the case? Do you think he feels good about himself for taking a life? Don't be so quick to judge. I think some of you would shoot anyone or anything that stepped into your yard and claim you were protecting yourself. And by the way I am not against gun ownership. I am just for common sense!
  • by homeowner Location: ky on Apr 8, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    i am not sure, but i don't think that the homeowner stopped and looked real close, and said "oh, wait how old are you"?, before he shotthe boy. and as for someone saying that maybe his parent's weren't raising him right, that's not always true. there were 7 kid's in my family, we were all raised the same, one of us is a policeofficer,a nurse, a insurance adjuster, a pharmacist, an o.r. nurse, and then we have a couple of dope heads who draw check's. i guess my point is, the homeowner was well within his right's to protect himself and his property, i also agree with the person who said crime rates are lower within states with the death penalty, and i also agree that we have the right to bear arms, you know if you can't do the time don't do the crime. also, he may have been a pill-head and going to steal stuff to get some drug money,happen's alot around here anymore.we are all responsible for our action's and need to quit blaming society, etc...
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Apr 8, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    Good job to the homeowner!
  • by Mike Location: Harlan on Apr 8, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    Shoot 'em all. I am all for public hangings. Studies have shown that crime rates are lower with death penalties. (Study conducted by anti-death penalty groups). Read about the study...liberal news don't want to spread such things.
  • by Charlie Location: Lexington on Apr 8, 2008 at 02:53 AM
    Yes, it is a shame for this to happen to anybody. But at the same time. He broke in to someone's house. He wasn't that good of a kid then.
  • by Sleeping with 1 eye open Location: Guess on Apr 7, 2008 at 10:03 PM
  • by A Kid Who Needs Help on Apr 7, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    You all are blaming the kid; what about the parents? Apparently, they didn't do a good job of raising their kid. Adults and parents, I'm a kid myself and us kids need direction. With all the things that we see on TV and Internet, they have an influence on what we do. I'm not saying that they are telling us to take bad actions but they sure aren't telling us to NOT drink, smoke, or have sex. Not only do we look up to celebrities, Internet, and TV, but we also look up to YOU and what YOU do. This is what most of you don't realize and need to check once in a while yourself.
  • by green on Apr 7, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    To Wow on April 7: I guess I wasn't very clear. My apologies. I was saying thats what he could have done, not what he should have done. If you see someone breaking into your house, clearly they are there to steal but you don't know how dangerous they are. Do they have a weapon, do they intend to use it to get what they want, and therefore is a gun necessary to stop him or can he simply be frightened away? If you fear for your life would you really worry about this? Some are saying shooting the kid was excessive, I'm saying how would he know that it wasn't? Some are making the homeowner out to be evil since he killed a possibly unarmed, teenager. I was trying to point out that the homeowner would not know nor have time to realize either of these factors. He feared for his life so, he did as you said, attack before being attacked. And I think that was the best option he could have taken.


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