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Louisiana boy, 12, shoots and kills armed burglar who broke into his home and threatened his mother

Louisiana boy, 12, shoots and kills armed burglar with hunting rifle after the intruder broke into his home and attacked his mother

  • Brad LeBlanc, 32, was killed with hunting rifle blast after officials say he carried out a home invasion on June 30 
  • LeBlanc allegedly attacked homeowner, and her 12-year-old son grabbed the firearm and shot the intruder because he feared for his mother’s life 
  • East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office has no plans to file charges against boy, but district attorney’s office will make the final decision
  • Suspect Johnathon Barker was charged with second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated kidnapping 
  • Jennifer Bond was charged with one count of accessory after the fact 
  • LeBlanc was father-of-two with lengthy criminal record, including charges of drug manufacturing and possession, theft and resisting an officer

A 12-year-old boy grabbed a hunting rifle and shot dead an armed burglary suspect who broke into his family’s house in Louisiana and attacked his mother last week.

The violent home invasion unfolded at around 7,20am on June 30 in the 5800 block of Winchester Lane near Clinton, according to a news release from the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

Brad LeBlanc, 32, was armed with a pistol when he encountered the female resident outside her house that morning.

Officials say LeBlanc carried out a home invasion on June 30 in Louisiana and was confronted by a woman's 12-year-old son

Brad LeBlanc, 32 (left and right), was killed with a rifle blast after officials say he carried out a home invasion on June 30 in Louisiana and was confronted by a woman’s 12-year-old son

The incident took place in the 5800 block of Winchester Lane near Clinton

The incident took place in the 5800 block of Winchester Lane near Clinton 

LeBlanc forced the woman inside, and a struggle ensued between them. Her son, who authorities have not named, feared for his mother’s life and shot LeBlanc with a hunting rifle, said Sheriff Jeffrey Travis. 

The Vidalia man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Travis said his office doesn’t have evidence at this time that would incriminate the boy and there are no plans to file charges against him, according to The Advocate

The local district attorney will decide whether the shooting was justified when the sheriff’s office finishes its investigation.

Johnathon Barker, of Clinton, was arrested in connection with the break-in. He was charged with second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated kidnapping. 

Johnathon Barker was charged with second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated kidnapping

Jennifer Bond was charged with one count of accessory after the fact

‘Accomplices’: Johnathon Barker (left) was charged with second-degree murder, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated kidnapping. Jennifer (right) Bond was charged with one count of accessory after the fact

Travis told the newspaper that while Barker isn’t directly accused of killing anyone, his participation in the burglary led to LeBlanc’s death.

Jennifer Bond, of Ethel, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact. She and Barker were booked into the parish prison.

LeBlanc had a lengthy criminal record, including charges of drug manufacturing and possession, theft and resisting an officer

LeBlanc had a lengthy criminal record, including charges of drug manufacturing and possession, theft and resisting an officer

The sheriff told WAFB-TV that he’s been in close contact with the mother whose home was broken into and that she has started taking steps to get her son help after the shooting.

‘I don’t know what you tell a kid like that,’ Travis said. ‘The mother is understanding that he’s going to need some treatment and need to talk to people and helping him understand that he’s a very normal person that was put in an abnormal situation.’

Arrest records reveal that LeBlanc had an extensive criminal history in Louisiana, which included charges of drug manufacturing and possession, theft, being a fugitive, resisting an officer and trespassing.

LeBlanc is survived by two young sons, pictured above with him

LeBlanc is survived by two young sons, pictured above with him 

The mother of LeBlanc's children posted this tribute to him on Facebook a day after his death

The mother of LeBlanc’s children posted this tribute to him on Facebook a day after his death

According to Facebook posts from relatives and friends mourning LeBlanc’s death, he is survived by a girlfriend and two sons.

The mother of his children wrote, in part, in a status update last week: ‘anyone who truly knew you, knew how great of a person you were inside. You fought your demons just as much as we all do.’ 

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