Man Kills Suspected Gang Member With Scissors Protecting Family During Home Invasion

A Louisiana man stabbed and killed a robber with a pair of scissors while defending his family from a violent attack by suspected gang members, officials have said.

The homeowner "was forced to use deadly force to protect his family and himself from armed intruders," during the armed robbery and home invasion at a residence on E. Louisiana Avenue in Hammond on April 12, the local Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release on Facebook.

Devin Mitchell, a 26 year-old Hammond resident, died from his injuries.

Four men have been arrested over the attack that occurred at a residence on E. Louisiana Avenue in Hammond on April 12. All, including Mitchell, are linked to two local street gangs known as "200X" and "La Familia," officials said.

Antwon Lewis Seymore, 23, of Ponchatoula, Christopher Austin Jr.(a.k.a. CAPONE), 20, of Hammond, Seionta Dasheawn Bells, 22, of Ponchatoula, and one 16 year-old-male juvenile—face a range of charges, including: first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, aggravated second degree battery, armed robbery, and home invasion.

The homeowner, who has not been named by officials, will not face any charges.

Three adult victims were treated for their injuries following the attack.

Suspected “200X” and “La Familia” members
Antwon Lewis Seymore, 23, of Ponchatoula, Christopher Austin Jr.(a.k.a. CAPONE), 20, of Hammond, Seionta Dasheawn Bells, 22, of Ponchatoula, and one 16 year-old-male juvenile have been taken into custody. Police said all are believed to be associated with the street gangs known as “200X” and “La Familia”. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office
One of the men suspected in being involved in the Hammond home invasion and armed robbery seen being taken into custody. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office

Describing events that night, the sheriff's office said that two people arrived by car at the home at around 1:00 a.m., when they saw several men walking down the street.

Before they were able to get out of their vehicle, two male suspects opened their car doors, pointed guns in their faces and pulled them out of the vehicle. The men then started beating the couple outside the home, officials said.

The victims managed to break free and retreat inside their home. While the attack was taking place outside, several other suspects broke into the residence.

Other family members, one adult and two small children, were also inside the home at the time.

The suspects continued to attack the family while inside the house—pistol whipping the victims and firing multiple shots.

"This is a situation where the homeowner was forced to use deadly force to protect his family and himself from armed intruders that entered his home," Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Travis said in a statement.

"The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division did an outstanding job identifying and coordinating the quick apprehension of these dangerous suspects."

The sheriff's office has been contacted for further comment.