When you break into the home of a mother with three children, don’t expect to leave out alive.
Especially with this mom.
In Indianapolis a mother fatally shot an intruder trying to break into her apartment Wednesday afternoon.
The incident occurred around 13:00 on the east side of the city.
The suspect was armed when the woman came face-to-face with him after hearing the intrusion.
Michael Hawkins, 19, didn’t get very far though.
The mother used deadly force and investigators found Hawkins dead inside the doorway.
Neighbors don’t blame the mom either.
“I hate to see that it happened, but that’s what happens when you go into people’s home trying to take their stuff,” said neighbor Julius Radcliff.
“You have to defend yourself. We have laws for that,” said neighbor Janice Taylor.
Radcliff heard the gunshots and watched as one man ran away from the scene while a second person drove away. Police have not confirmed if those two are considered suspects in the case.
The shooting marks the second time in as many days an Indianapolis parent has been forced to shoot a home intruder. On Tuesday a father shot an 18-year-old suspect during a home invasion on the city’s northeast side.
Neighbors say they hope criminals start to think twice before breaking into other people’s homes.
“I hate that this is happening in our community like this. It’s sad. It’s sad,” said neighbor Taylor.
“It is disheartening that we see burglaries resulting in death, but we live in Indiana and it’s legal for people to have guns to protect themselves,” said IMPD officer Aaron Hamer.
The woman and her children left the incident unharmed physically and are fully cooperating with the police.