The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office say a Louisiana woman was within her second amendment right when she shot and killed a home invader in order to protect her children. Robert Rheams allegedly broke into a home in Hammond, Louisiana armed with a lug wrench and shovel on Sunday morning. During the break in, Rheams engaged in a physical altercation with the woman and was ultimately shot by her.
Deputies responded to reports of shots being fired at the residence at 5 a.m. but Rheams was declared dead at the scene when they arrived. Rheams was on parole after being incarcerated for nearly 20 years for armed robbery. Police also said Rheams was connected to a carjacking that took place just hours before he forced his way into the home on Sunday.
The Tangipahoa Parish Police Chief Jimmy Travis has no arrests have been made in the investigation and noted that the homeowner was exercising her second amendment rights.
According to the press release from the sheriff’s office:
Chief Jimmy Travis says deputies responded to reports of shots fired at a residence on Klein Road shortly after 5:00 AM on Sunday. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to determine the suspect, later identified as 51 year old Robert Rheams of Hammond, was armed with a shovel and a lug wrench when he forced entry into the home of the victim and her two young children.
During the incident, a physical altercation took place between Rheams and the homeowner which ultimately led to Rheams being shot by the homeowner. Rheams was later pronounced deceased on scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.