A Florida family is making their voices heard after their 17 year old son was shot by a homeowner while he was robbing her house.
According to CBS Miami, 17-year-old Trevon Johnson was killed last Thursday after breaking into a house just a few blocks from his own residence in Miami-Dade county.
The 54-year-old woman told police her surveillance system alerted her to the intrusion. Rushing home, she found the teen climbing out of a window.
A confrontation ensued, resulting in shots being fired. Miami-Dade police arrived on scene seconds after the shooting, giving CPR to the burglar. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Johnson’s family has issues with how the situation played out.
“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” said Harris. “You have to understand, how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point of view.
“I don’t care if she [had] her gun license or rights or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond,” said Johnson’s cousin, Nautika Harris. “He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals, he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.”
“What’s wrong with her,” asked Johnson’s sister Nisha Johnson. “She did not have to shoot him.”
Relatives insist that they don’t believe that Johnson stole anything, though detectives cannot confirm that at this time.
While police say the homeowner is cooperating with detectives and hasn’t yet been charged with a crime, they insist that people avoid taking matters into their own hands.
“If there’s any type of situation that happens or they believe there’s a burglary at the home or any type of confrontation, dial 911. Have the police make that confrontation,” Detective Dan Ferrin said. “That’s what we’re here for.”
Florida has had a contentious history with so-called “vigilante justice” when it comes to defensive use of firearms. In 2012, Florida made headlines when teen Trayvon Martin was killed by neighborhood resident George Zimmerman, sparking a controversial conversation across the country.