Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:53 PM
Teen killed after girl sneaks him into home and her father mistakes him for intruderBy: Monya Fleming
A Georgia man fatally shot a teenage boy who his 14-year-old daughter had snuck into their home. The tragic incident resulted in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Middleton.
Middleton had come over to see the teen girl in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 14-year-old girl had snuck the teen boy into the house and her father went to investigate after hearing strange noises downstairs.
Derrick Fulton told authorities he heard something downstairs and grabbed his gun from his dresser. The family dog alerted Fulton to a downstairs guest bedroom, where he was barking.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Fulton yelled out that he was armed and said that if anyone was in the house that they should come forward. No one responded and Fulton reportedly shouted the warning once again.
Fulton claims at that time that Middleton bolted out of a closet in the bedroom and he fired a single shot at the teenager's chest.
Police arrived to the home at around 2:50 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a burglary. Fulton was reportedly performing CPR on Middleton in the foyer when police responded to the scene.
The Sheriff's Office's Maj. Steve Morris revealed that Derrick Fulton has not been charged in the death of Jordan Middleton, calling the shooting a horrible accident.
Morris stated, "He thought it was an intruder. But no, she [Fulton’s daughter] invited him in. The dog continued to bark and act aggressive toward the guest bedroom. As Mr. Fulton entered the bedroom, Jordan ran out of the closet. Mr. Fulton fired one time, striking Jordon in the upper chest."
"Mr. Fulton obviously is remorseful. Everyone in the home was in shock at what had just occurred," Morris added.
Teenager shot to death after a young girl sneaks him into her home. We are told her father thought he was intruding.https://t.co/HAMJCgfvgl— Samantha Williams (@SamanthaWJBF) February 25, 2017
Coach Kevin Kenny of Evans High says Jordan Middleton played basketball there for two years before transferring to Grovetown High. Kenny recalled Middelton’s contagious smile.
Kenny said, "You know, anytime you lose a young life like that and have that situation, it’s shocking, it really is. I heard about it this morning, and it’s a terrible tragedy for both families. My heart goes out to both of them. He was just a great kid. Very likable, always had a smile on his face."
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