A Kentucky teen sacrificed his existence a week ago during a household visit to Florida as he leaped in front of multiple bullets fired with a stranger around the beach to safeguard his stepbrother.
Lucas Salmon, 14, and his stepbrother of the identical age, who is not openly identified, were on the family trip art a Panama City resort using their parents once the trip switched deadly.
The teens’ parents, Amy and Shawn Salmon, told Kentucky news outlet WLKY the stepbrothers were located on beach chairs near their hotel on March 23 once they came across 37-year-old Christopher Cox.
Lucas accidentally mistook Cox’s bag for one that belonged to his family, his mother told the opening.
“Lucas went to get their bag and grabbed that man’s bag,” she said.
An arrest affidavit acquired through the Courier-Journal mentioned that Cox allegedly told police he “believed these were attempting to steal from him.”
Cox allegedly shot in the two boys, but Lucas leaped while watching gunfire to safeguard his stepbrother, his mother said. Lucas was shot multiple occasions within the chest muscles, the Panama City Police Department stated inside a pr release. The teen died in the scene. His stepbrother seemed to be shot multiple occasions, in the arm and also the leg, but could get themself in to the hotel lobby to find help. He was treated in a nearby hospital and it has since been released.
“He leaped before our other boy to safeguard him, to provide him the chance to find a way to visit get help while he had recently been shot,” Amy told WLKY.
When police showed up in this area, Cox allegedly fled he was subsequently arrested without incident.
Cox faces charges of 1 open count of murder and something count of attempted murder. He’s being held without bail. It isn’t obvious if he’s an attorney he’s scheduled to become arraigned on April 26.
Meanwhile, Lucas has been appreciated for his heroic act.
“He’s a protector in each and every aspect, he’s the your government he’s the protector of everybody,” Amy Salmon told WLKY.
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