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Indiana Mother Shoots And Kills 19-Year-Old Intruder

| by Kathryn Schroeder

An Indianapolis, Indiana, mother shot a man who was attempting to break into her apartment.

According to police, the mother heard 19-year-old Michael Hawkins allegedly breaking into her apartment on June 7 at around 1:10 p.m., WXIN reports. Her children were home at the time.

The mother came in contact with Hawkins, who was armed, before opening fire on him.

Hawkins died in the doorway of the woman's apartment after she shot him. The woman's neighbors do not blame her for using deadly force, although they find it sad that the young man lost his life.

“I hate to see that it happened, but that’s what happens when you go into people’s home trying to take their stuff,” neighbor Julius Radcliff, said.

"You have to defend yourself," Janice Taylor, also a neighbor, said. "We have laws for that."

Radcliff, who heard the shots, told police he witnessed one man running away from the scene and saw another person driving away. Police have not confirmed if the two men Radcliff saw are suspects in the case.

This is the second home invasion shooting to take place in the city within one week. On June 6, a father shot an 18-year-old on the northeast side when the teenager was allegedly trying to break into his home, WXIN reports.

This attempted home invasion occurred around 2:15 a.m., according to Indianapolis Metropolitan police. There were three people in the home at the time, including a 3-year-old child. The suspect, who was killed by the homeowner, has been identified as Derrick Johnson Jr.

According to police, Johnson entered the home through a side window.

Jennifer Allen, who lives next door to the home where the shooting took place, thinks the father was within his rights to shoot and kill the intruder.

"If you break into someone's home, there are consequences for that," she said.

"He invited that and brought that on himself," Allen added. "I know he probably has family, but I don't have a problem with the fact that he was shot and killed."

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Major Richard Riddle said that Johnson did not have a weapon.

"But I want to make this very clear, the individual forced entry into this home and our homeowner confronted him with his own gun," he said. "You have a right to protect yourself and your family inside of your home at all times as long as that force is reasonable and you are protecting your life, the life of a third party which in this sense is our homeowner’s family.”

Johnson's criminal record includes arrests for possessing drugs and a stolen gun. In May, police arrested him after a hit-and-run in which he confessed to smoking marijuana, and in June, he was arrested on theft and drug related charges.

Police arrived on the scene within one minute of the June 6 shooting because they were already in the area investigating a home burglary and a separate car break-in.

Sources: WXIN (2) / Photo credit: Valerie Everett/Flickr

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