Two thugs thought that they’d be able to break into a Houston Police Officer’s home while he was away at work without any problems. Tehy didn’t count on the fact that the officer’s 18-year-old son might be home, or that he’d know his way around a gun:

Patmon’s 18-year-old son was home alone when he heard a noise. There were two men pounding on the front door, but he didn’t answer. They then went around to the back of the house.

Patmon said his son called him when the trouble started

“He called me and told me about it,” the homeowner said. “Not long after that, two unknown suspects entered our home without permission.”

The men allegedly forced their way inside, meeting the teen head-on.

“My son, trying to defend his home and himself, he discharged my firearm, striking one of the suspects,” Patmon said.

The shot suspect died inside the home. The second suspect fled the scene.

“This is our home, and he’s my son,” Patmon said. “If I’m not there to protect him, we try to teach our children to do what’s right, and I just thank God that he’s OK.”

“It’s unfortunate that a life was taken, but at the same time, it’s very fortunate that this guy had a way to defend himself,” Warren said.

There’s no word on whether the home invader’s family arrived at the scene to whine that the home invader should have been given a warning shot.