ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — A teenager shot and killed a home invader who turned out to be his father early Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Malachi Heisler, 18, told WFTS-TV he woke up to hear his name being called for help. Heisler grabbed his rifle and opened his door to see a man in black tactical gear and a ski mask holding a pistol at his mother's head. Heisler said: "I had about five to six seconds to make a decision."
He shot the intruder in the head before realizing it was his own father, John, who had a restraining order against him after trying to break into the house in April. Heisler's 46-year-old father was also arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the incident.
Heisler's mother, Jolene Andrews, and her boyfriend, Alton Pyles, woke up to the sound of John Heisler breaking the windows of the house. They went outside to investigate and saw John Heisler, who pointed a gun at them. They went back inside the house, but the elder Heisler forced his way inside and held them at gunpoint, until his son shot him in the head.
It turns out that John Heisler was armed with only two BB guns.
No charges will be filed against Malachi Heisler for the shooting, which is being investigated as a justifiable homicide, according to WFLA. Heisler's 13-year-old sister was also home at the time of the shooting, but she was asleep in another room, WBAY reported.
"It looked like he was there meaning business and playing for keeps. And to do some serious damage," Pinellas County sheriff Bob Gualtieri told WFTS.
"When you open the door and you see somebody dressed in all black, in fatigues, with a ski mask on and a gun in your mother's face. He did the right thing," said Guiltier.