Dad Kills Teen Who Snuck Into House to Visit Daughter

He says he thought the 17-year-old was an intruder
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 3:56 PM CST
Teen Who Snuck Into Girl's House Fatally Shot by Father
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(Newser) – A Georgia teen snuck into a female friend's home early Saturday only to be shot and killed by the girl's father, who apparently thought the teen was an intruder, WJBF reports. According to the Augusta Chronicle, 17-year-old Jordan Middleton was let into the home by the unnamed 14-year-old girl around 2:30am. The girl's father, Derrick Fulton, later told police he heard noises downstairs, so he got his gun. The family dog was barking at the guestroom, so he yelled for whoever was inside to come out. When no one did, he entered the room. That's when Middleton popped out of a closet and ran for it.

Fulton says he fired in self-defense, striking Middleton in the chest, WRDW reports. He says he didn't know Middleton was a friend of his daughter until after shooting him. Police, responding to a burglary-in-progress call, arrived to find Fulton attempting CPR on Middleton. Police say Fulton's daughter was not in the guestroom at the time of the shooting. While friends and family mourned Middleton's death, a local juvenile court judge said the situation is an example of "what can happen when you don't listen to your parents." No charges have been filed. (Read more shooting stories.)

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