Jacksonville Mother Shoots Intruder
(Photo by News 4 Jax)

Restraining orders are designed to keep aggressive individuals away from their victims. However, a piece of paper can’t actually protect anyone from an attack. Restraining orders only provide a means for police to arrest the person in violation. That’s why it is good that a Jacksonville mother owned a gun; she had to shoot the father of her children who violated a restraining order when he broke into her home.

According to News 4 Jax, policed received multiple calls about gunshots on Catoma Street just after midnight on June 5. One of the calls, in fact, came from the woman who pulled the trigger. She told the operator that she had shot someone who had broken into her apartment.

When police arrived, the woman told them that the man was still inside. Officers entered and discovered a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department declared the man dead when they arrived.

Later, officers identified the suspect as Brandon Johnson, and that he was the father of the victim’s two children. It was also revealed that the victim had filed a restraining order on the suspect back in March.

The petition claimed that Johnson had assaulted and threatened to kill the victim. Records show that police arrested Johnson in December 2018 for domestic battery, discharging a firearm in public and drug possession. Unfortunately, prosecutors dropped the serious charges and he was released a few weeks later.

Jacksonville Mother Didn’t Depend on Restraining Order

Restraining orders can be an excellent tool for police to get potentially dangerous persons off the street; a person willing to violate one should probably be in jail. However, the filer needs a means of protection outside of a piece of paper. Attacks typically happen so quickly that police often can’t arrive in time to actually stop the assault. Domestic violence victims need to obtain a gun and some training in its use.

In this incident, there is no way of knowing the intentions of the intruder. However, Florida law doesn’t take intention into account during a criminal act.

“A person after midnight or the wee hours of the morning is unlawfully entering this house,” said Ken Jefferson, News 4 Jax crime and safety expert. “The persons inside don’t know who it is, don’t know what’s going on other than the fact that there’s an intruder coming through and they have the right to protect themselves, even if it means using deadly force.”

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