A man who broke into a Myrtle Point, Oregon home last week is regretting his decision after he was shot in the leg with a shotgun by a 15 year-old teenager.
The teenager, whose name was not released because they are a minor, feared for their life and pulled out a shotgun and shot the burglar, who was looking to steal valuable possessions, in the leg.
Police received a report that a burglar had entered the teen’s home and police arrived at the home a short time later.
The suspected burglar was identified as Kenneth John Edwards III of Myrtle Point. He was taken to Coquille Valley Hospital, but later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center roughly 125 miles away where his injuries were non life-threatening.
Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier told KCBY that under Oregon state law, if someone breaks into a person’s home and that person fears for their life, they can use deadly force.
“That’s clearly what happened here,” Frasier said. “This guy was committing a burglary and the young man in question was obviously scared about what was going on and so, no question in my mind that this was justifiable.”
It is unclear what charges Edwards will face.