A man was gunned down during an armed home invasion and attempted robbery in East Baton Rouge on Wednesday after allegedly refusing to take food stamps instead of cash.
On the day of the shooting, East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore told reporters that the homeowner was justified in shooting the home invader earlier that morning.
WBRZ reported the deadly incident unfolded around 1:30 a.m. in an area of Baton Rouge known as “the Bottom.” According to authorities, Antony Gordon, 40, drove up to the home where the victims, whose names have not been disclosed, were standing outside of their home. Gordon reportedly asked to use the restroom, then he proceeded to pull out a gun and demanded money. When the family offered food stamps, “He wasn’t satisfied,” the family said.
The father and Gordon began to brawl and managed to take the suspect’s gun away from him and shot Gordon in self-defense. The homeowner and his family were unharmed.
Investigators are unclear why Gordon decided to invade the family’s home that morning, says the report. Officials suspect it was a random home invasion, though he did have a recent run-in with the law for theft.
Court records note that Gordon was on probation after he pleaded guilty in a misdemeanor case where he was accused of stealing TVs from Walmart. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest on March 1 after he failed to appear in court for a probation review.
— WBRZ News (@WBRZ) March 8, 2017
According to the news source, Gordon’s family members were mystified by what could have caused his behavior and insisted he was “a loving father of four who worked as a barber.”
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