Cops say Hero Teen Arms Mother during Barricaded Shooter Situation

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A mother who was armed with a gun and knife and barricaded herself in her Michigan home with her children and boyfriend was disarmed by her 15-year-old son, who police have called a hero for his act of bravery. 

Detroit police said officers responded to a call of domestic violence that escalated into a shooting about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Chief James White told reporters. The woman allegedly behind the shooting barricaded herself inside with her 15-year-old son and her 2-year-old daughter, and her boyfriend, who was injured, locked himself inside a bathroom for his own protection, White said. 

White explained that the teen boy managed the second story and began communicating with officers. The teen tossed one gun out of the house, but authorities later determined there were more weapons—five guns and several knives—inside the home. 

Ultimately police were able to get the man, who had not been shot but was stabbed multiple times in the arms and wrist, out of the home and were also able to extricate the two children, White said. Officials said that the mother, who had a history of bipolar disorder and threatened suicide, surrendered peacefully to police. The woman was taken to a facility for mental health treatment. According to police.  

The son of the woman played an important part in making sure that nobody else was hurt. According to Franklin Hayes, Deputy Chief.

“Keeping the officers that were in proximity informed of what’s going on inside the location and then making the courageous, the absolute brave decision to take that firearm, throw it out the window, separate it from his mother, so she could not harm anyone in the home including herself,” Hayes said.

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