An Alabama boy is being praised after using a firearm to ward off a home invader.
Alone at his Talladega home Wednesday morning, Chris Gaither, 11, says he retrieved a knife and then his stepdad’s 9mm pistol after his dog alerted him to a break in.
“I seen the guy and I warned him four times to get out and then he ran upstairs,” Chris said. “And he came back down with a .38 in his hand.”
The young boy recalled being scared after the suspected burglar pointed the gun at him, but Chris proceeded to stand his ground.
“When he was coming downstairs he told me he was going to kill me and F you and all that,” Chris told WVTM reporters.
“I told him I was gonna kill him and all that with the gun if he didn’t get out of my house,” the home school student said.
With a hamper in tow, the intruder attempted to flee the home and jump over a fence, but Chris already had him in his sights.
“I shot through a hamper that he was carrying. It was a full metal jacket bullet it went straight through the back of his leg,” Chris described.
When all was said and done, Chris fired 12 shots at the man, with the last bullet hitting him “and he started crying like a little baby.”
Chris suspects the burglar didn’t realize the gun was authentic until it was too late.
“When I pulled the gun out on him, I guess he didn’t think it was a real gun because he just kept on walking,” Chris said.
The boy credited his stepfather with teaching him how to properly use a firearm, and says he also “plays zombies for target practice.”
Asked if he had a message for the burglar, Chris imparted, “I hope you learned your lesson from coming to this house and trying to steal stuff.”