BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A 10-year-old boy with a BB gun may have saved his mother’s life after she was attacked by a man renting a room at their home Tuesday.
Bellingham Police say they were called to the home in the Roosevelt neighborhood around 7 a.m.
The homeowner, 46, told police that the 45-year-old man renting from her came home, apparently intoxicated and angry because his room was in disarray.
The renter allegedly kicked in the bedroom door, attacked the woman and started choking her.
Police say the commotion woke up the woman’s 10-year-old son. He came to his mother’s defense, hitting the suspect with a board. The boy then ran away, with the suspect chasing him.
The suspect ended up being locked outside the home while searching for the boy, who was still inside. When the woman tried closing a window, the man allegedly grabbed her arm and wouldn’t let go.
That’s when the boy came in with a pump action BB rifle. The suspect allegedly threatened to kill the mother and son, prompting the boy to shoot the suspect four times in the face.
The woman and son ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911.
The suspect was taken to the emergency room and later arrested for assault and harassment.