Family Member Shoots Intruder, Turns Out To Be Teen Boy Sneaking Home After Hours

An Indiana family is devastated after a terrible mistake was made that claimed the life of their teenage son. According to reports, someone in the house thought an intruder had broken into the place in the middle of the night.

They fired a gun, but it turned out to be the teen coming home late and trying not to get caught.

Eugene Dobbins, whose age hasn't been released, was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning in an accident in the family's Indianapolis home. The teen was sneaking back into the house after a Saturday night out.

He attempted to sneak in to avoid waking his family, but he woke family members who thought he was an intruder.

The family members confronted Dobbins with a gun and he was fatally shot. Police were called at 4:15 a.m. to find the young man lying inside the door of the home with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The residents were awakened by the sounds in the house," said Officer Jim Gillespie in a statement. "Believing it to be an intruder and they responded as such."

"This is one of the more tragic shootings I've been on," the officer added. "It's looking like a very tragic accidental shooting of a family member."

The family member who shot the gun told police that they thought everyone living in the home was already inside, asleep for the night. They thought that Dobbins was a burglar trying to break in.

Police questioned two members of the household, and they're working with the prosecutor to determine if any charges will be filed.

According to statistics, family members are more likely to be shot in homes that keep guns than intruders. For every one intruder shot with a firearm, four family members are shot, according to a study from Emory University in Atlanta that was published in The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care.

A similar incident occurred just a few months ago in Ohio. Another teen had been sneaking into the house when he was supposed to be in school. He left for school that morning, but returned home and snuck in through the basement.

His father, who owned a firearm, thought his son was in bed and that it was an intruder breaking into the home.

The father called 911 and reported that he shot his son accidentally. "He scared me. I thought he was in school. I heard noise and then I went downstairs looking. He jumped out at me. I shot him."

"Oh God. Oh God. Why didn't you go to school?" the 911 operator heard the father crying. The young man later died.

In Colorado Springs, a father shot and killed his 14-year-old daughter who was sneaking in late. He, too, thought she was a burglar and open fired on his daughter.

Parents with firearms need to remember the old saying: don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes. Shooting prematurely could result in a devastating tragedy.

Source: IB Times
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