“My son, trying to defend his home and himself, he discharged my firearm, striking one of the suspects.” Suspects? Why the cop-speak? Well, because Ken Patmon is a Houston cop himself. His 18-year-old son was home alone Wednesday afternoon. After a knock at the front door went unanswered, two doods decided to let themselves in through the back door. The kid got on the phone with his father, then he got a gun . . .
“‘This is our home, and he’s my son,’ Patmon said. ‘If I’m not there to protect him, we try to teach our children to do what’s right, and I just thank God that he’s OK.'” That’s more than can be said for one of the two home invaders who’s now certifiably dead. The other lit out for parts unknown.
The sheriff’s treating it as a justifiable shoot. “It’s unfortunate that a life was taken, but at the same time, it’s very fortunate that this guy had a way to defend himself,” a neighbor said. Not to mention that the kid had access to a gun and was prepared to use it.