Melchisedec Williams is 50 years old and legally blind. He has no sight in his right eye, and only minor vision in his left, because of Glaucoma. He took in his 15 year old nephew to try to help straighten the boy out after he got into trouble while living at his mother’s house, but the teen had disappeared a week earlier.
Melchisedec Williams was woken up on Sunday night when he heard a crash and stomping. The 50-year-old man grabbed his gun, Tampa police said. The intruder, armed with only a knife, had cut the power to the man’s house and broken in through a bedroom window, police added.
After the lights went out and he heard the window crash, Melchisedec found his .38 revolver. He called out his nephew’s name, but got no response and could only see a shadowy figure with a flashlight approaching him. That’s when he fired, hitting the intruder in the leg. Melchisedec heard his nephew groan and stopped shooting.
“The more I tried to help him, the more he had this hatred towards me,” Williams told Tampabay.com in their Aug. 25 coverage. “This boy has got a real demon inside of him. But I never imagined he would try to come in and kill me.”
Police later told Mechisedec that in addition to a flashlight, his nephew was also holding a kitchen knife when he was shot. The boy has been hospitalized in serious condition.
People who have limited vision often compensate with more acute senses such as hearing. They shouldn’t be denied their Second Amendment rights because of their disability.
Williams knows that he did what he had to do.
“I have no remorse for what I did,” he said. “It’s sad what happened, but I’m glad it happened. That way it took him off the streets and people can sleep calmer at night.”
No charges have been filed against anyone in the case thus far.
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