Boy Uses School Computer to Stop Man Pointing Gun at His Mom's Head

A boy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, stopped a man who had pointed a gun at his mother's head by using his school-issued computer, according to court documents.

Papers filed in Allen County Superior Court, seen by CBS affiliate WANE, state that Shawn M. Shaw, 39, forced his way into a home in the 200 block of West Williams Street on February 10.

The documents state that Shaw started to swear at the woman and demanded that she drive him to a store.

The woman refused and locked herself in her bedroom before Shaw kicked the door in. he then took a gun that belonged to the woman, loaded it and pointed it at her face.

When the woman tried to leave the room Shaw blocked her path with his body, the court documents state.

The woman's son, whose age has not been released, heard the struggle from another room and realised his mother was being threatened with a firearm.

The boy then used his school computer to raise the alarm, contacting people at the school. Police officers were alerted to the incident and raced to the home.

Shaw, from the nearby city of Decatur, was arrested. On Wednesday, he was charged with three felony counts:

  • Domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old
  • Domestic battery while having a previous battery conviction
  • Pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon

According to WANE, Shaw is now being held at the Allen County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Newsweek has contacted the Fort Wayne Police Department for comment.

According to Indy Justice, the website of Indianapolis-based defense lawyer Keffer Hirschauer, domestic battery is defined in the state as involving a family or household member.

The "basic crime" is a misdemeanor, but it can be enhanced to a felony in numerous ways, including if the victim is or was the offender's spouse, is a person the offender was living with as if the two individuals were spouses, or is a person with whom the offender shares a child.

Under Indiana law, domestic battery is upgraded to a level 6 felony if the defendant has a previous domestic battery conviction and if the offense was committed in the presence of a child younger than 16.

A level 6 felony carries a fixed prison term of between six months and two and a half years and a fine of $10,000, according to Indiana lawyer Ross G Thomas.