14-year-old boy shot by homeowner after ringing doorbell prank
Fourteen-year-old Cole Peyton, a student athlete and honour student in Pryor, Oklahoma, is recovering in hospital after he was shot while allegedly pulling a neighbourhood prank according to a CBS News report.
Steve Lemmings, the Chief of Police in Pryor, Oklahoma said they “had some reports of some kids running around neighbourhoods ringing doorbells and running,” on New Year’s Eve.
At about 1:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day police got a call about a home invasion. “The homeowner felt that they were trying to break in and so he fired shots at him, striking him twice,” Lemmings said.
Police found Peyton on the homeowner’s porch, shot in the stomach and the arm. According to Lemmings, Peyton and two of his friends were “engaged in neighborhood pranks and not attempting to break into the residence.”
Oklahoma Stand Your Ground law states that deadly force may only be used if there is “reasonable fear of imminent peril of death.”
Lemmings stated, “that’s where the district attorney is going to have to decide whether the homeowner could use deadly force in that situation.”
No arrests have been made.
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