Girl shoots mother's
attacker, ruled self-defense
Originally ran here
Police: Girl who shot mother's abusive boyfriend won't be charged
The Associated Press
5/1/01 11:22 PM
CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP, NJ.com) -- A 12-year-old
girl who shot and killed her mother's attacker will not be charged, police said
The girl was asleep in her room when Anthony
Fox chased her mother into their apartment, forcing his way through the door,
Detective Danny Hill said.
"She heard the commotion and she knew from
past experience what was going on," Hill said.
The girl saw Fox choking her mother, grabbed
her mother's pistol and fired a single shot into his chest, Hill said.
The county coroner said Fox, 25, died of a
single gunshot wound to the chest Saturday at an area hospital.
Fox had been arrested for domestic violence
against the girl's mother, his on-and-off girlfriend, at least twice, Hill said.
A youth court judge ruled the shooting
self-defense, Hill said. The girl's name was withheld because of her age.
KABA NOTE: If the gun had been equipped
with a triggerlock, the girl and the mother might both be dead. If people
wish to voluntarily lock up their safety, such is their prerogative, but making
trigger locks mandatory is a crime against the right to life and liberty.
Girl shoots mother's assailant, police say
By: Jeff Piselli, News Editor
April 30, 2001
A Clarksdale man was shot to death by a
12-year-old girl Saturday night as he allegedly attacked the girl's mother,
Anthony Fox, 25, whose last known address was
1840 Espy Drive, Apt. 15-C, was shot once in the chest with a medium-caliber
handgun. He died a short time later at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical
"It appears to have been a domestic type
of dispute," said Assistant Police Chief Tim Fortenberry. "The
deceased had a history of assaulting this child's mother. He was in the process
of assaulting her and forcing his way into the house when the shooting
Fortenberry identified the child's mother as a
32-year-old resident of the same apartment complex where Fox resided. The
shooting took place at the woman's residence.
"She was sitting on the front porch with a
friend when Mr. Fox came along and jumped on her. She went into the house, and
he came in behind," said Fortenberry. "She tried to close the door
behind her, but he forced his way on in."
Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said the
girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a juvenile, witnessed the
attack, grabbed a semiautomatic pistol and fired a single shot into Fox's chest.
"He was apparently choking her when the
girl went and got the gun," Meredith said.
The case remained under investigation this
morning, and no charges had been filed.
Fortenberry said Coahoma County Youth Court
authorities would review the facts of the case and determine what actions, if
any, would be taken.
Press Register 2001
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