A 14-year-old gang member was shot and killed after a shootout with a 43-year-old man who says that he shot the suspect in self-defense.
The Florida man, Virgis Canteen, had previously complained to the police about the 14-year-old, Davion Smith, burglarizing his home.
According to police reports Smith was with 2 companions who were all taunting the man outside his apartment. At one point Smith pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the 43-year-old.
According to Orlando Sentinel,
At 7:49 p.m., Smith and two unidentified companions began taunting Canteen in the courtyard outside his Oregon Avenue apartment before the teen drew an handgun, a witness told police.
Canteen also had a handgun and, according to Canteen, the teen began shooting at him first, striking him several times in the “upper extremities,” police spokesman Sgt. Gary Gross said in a report.
Canteen said he returned fire, striking the teen “numerous times.”
The case is still under investigation, but Smith was no stranger to brushes with the law.
He was a convicted felon arrested twice since age 12 for armed robbery with a gun, once for battery on a public or school employee and once for burglarizing a home.
This story provides another example of gun laws not being able to stop those who aren’t supposed to have guns from obtaining them. For now this looks like a clear case of self defense. Had the man not been armed he would be the one who ended up in a body bag.
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