A Detroit man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest after an acquaintance shot him Friday because he allegedly exposed himself to a group of young children.
A woman who identified herself as India said that the man -- her brother -- exposed himself to her young relatives, WXYZ News reported.
“All I know is he pulled down his pants in front of my niece and my nephew and he was letting the kids touch his butt,” India told WXYZ News.
India added that she had left her 3-year-old son, her niece and her nephew with her brother. While she was away from the house, she said, she got a call from a neighbor saying her brother was in the front yard exposing himself to the children.
India and her fiance rushed home to find out what was happening.
“He just kept saying he was sorry, he was just playing around, he didn’t know, he’s sorry,” she said. “He apologized and that was it.”
But the confrontation over the allegations continued to escalate and her fiance grabbed a gun.
“We had to tell him [the brother] to leave, he wouldn’t leave and all I heard was a gun shot and that was it,” India said.
She told WXYZ that she believed her fiance didn’t mean to shoot her brother but that he was just very upset during the confrontation.
Her brother was last reported to be in the hospital and still recovering. It is unclear if he will face any charges.
India said her fiance turned himself into police Friday night and was also waiting to learn if he will be charged.
It’s not the first time allegations of child abuse have launched someone into near-lethal rage.
In July of last year, a Daytona Beach, Florida, father beat 18-year-old Raymond Frolander unconscious after the father said he walked in on Frolander sexually abusing his 11-year-old son, WESH News reported.
“I just walked in and found a grown man molesting [my child], and I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now officer,” the father, who was never named in order to protect the identity of his son, reportedly told a 911 dispatcher.
In April, WESH reported Frolander pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious molestation charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The father, who later said he probably would have beaten Frolander to death if his son hadn’t stopped him, was not charged.
“Dad reacted like a dad,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told WESH at the time of the of the incident. “He's acting like a father, protecting his son, and he's furious over what has occurred.”
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