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Missouri Home InvasionSTLOUIS, MO – A man opened fire on two men during an attempted home invasion leaving one suspect dead and another critically injured.

It happened on Tuesday night when the man’s 17-year-old daughter went outside of her home to retrieve something from a car. That’s when she was approached by two armed men who ordered her back inside her home.

Unfortunately for the two suspects, the teen’s 34-year-old father was visiting the girl and her mother. He was armed and opened fire as soon as the two men pushed the teen through the front door. Turns out, he’s a pretty good shot.

One of the suspects, 31-year-old Terrell Johnson, was shot and died on the living room floor. His partner in crime, 33-year-old Cortez McClinton, was shot in the chest and legs but managed to run away and get to the hospital where he was last listed in critical but stable condition.

He’s probably wishing he’d died, as he’s now been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action in connection with a fatal shooting.

McClinton was just released from jail in January after spending three years awaiting trial for the murder of 28-year-old Bryan Reed in 2010. Reed was shot to death while sitting in a car with a friend, and police were confident McClinton was the shooter.

However, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office dropped murder and armed criminal action charges against him because of a lack of witness cooperation.

Police say that at this point, no charges are being sought against the homeowners. When asked how come he was so confident about shooting at the two men even though they had his daughter hostage, the man said, “It just happened. I didn’t have no choice. He had my daughter so I did what I had to do.”

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He also apologized to the dead man’s family. “My condolences goes out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize,” he said.

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  • Vincents_Sin

    Let’s be honest here: Who wouldn’t have done the same thing if you were in the father’s position?

  • Michael Roe

    I would chase the other guy down and made sure he cited too. Might even have tried to burn him to death just to make it look better

  • newstarshipsmell

    Anyone who doesn’t own a gun?

  • CT

    C’est la vie. You play, you pay.

  • flomox

    Shot in the chest and legs and STILL ran away, looks like a perfect justification to have a high-capacity magazine.

  • Taster’sChoice

    But guns kill people! lol

  • While Washington pundits preach dreams of gun control, American people are learning the best defense is a deadly offense. The death penalty has done little to deter crime, but it will be interesting to see if bad guys take notice that John Q. Public is packin’, sick of increasing public attacks, and is therefore poised and ready to blow the next nutjob’s brains out…

  • Vesper B

    “My condolences goes out to all the families involved. I don’t know him. I wish it hadn’t happened. So like I said, to the moms, fathers, all the other people involved, I apologize,” he said.

    ^^ That’s frakking awesome. Most of us (including me) would be sitting on our laurels, crowing about the “bitchin’ ass shot” we took to save our kid. This guy is *apologizing* to the perp’s family. I’d like to donate money to the father or at least send a pizza his way. What a guy.

  • SillyCynic

    Had my Ruger the longest for 8 years. It’s a pretty chill gun. Hasn’t even gone off once without me taking it out for target practice. I don’t think it has it in it to kill anything without me making it.

  • Zazen

    I know, I was impressed with that as well–there didn’t seem to be any detectable hint of fist-pumping or chest-beating!

  • Vincents_Sin

    Funny, there’s a prostitute in town with the same motto…

  • patrickdh10

    Glad to see a little home defense Justice being applied here by a very cool and calm father. Not only in defense of his family but for Bryan Reed as well since the police seemed to have dropped the ball on keeping this pariah McClinton off the streets. From the father’s statements in this article he also appears to be thoughtful and compassionate. Unfortunately he was placed in a position where he took a life and now must live with this act. Hopefully he’ll be able to reconcile this event and come to terms with it without enduring too much mental anguish and stress. I suspect though he did the community a favor and should be perceived as such.

  • letinstar


  • On a day when my FB feed is being overloaded by anti-gun articles in light of the recent school shootings, this is a welcome article to come across.

  • Buffettgirl

    Always you with the witty retort eh tarsh? Well done! 😉

  • Defafan


  • Buffettgirl

    OMG! A feel good story! Thanks, after spending almost all of yesterday sick at the thought it was my niece’s cousin that had been killed in the Reynolds High School shooting, this makes my day!

    PS: The little fucker was skipping school, didn’t even know about the shooting at his school until he got home and tried to pull off that he’d been at school all day… Gonna beat him bloody the next time I see him!

  • Chinchillazilla

    Why, so you could shoot a fleeing man in the back?

  • lostufo

    LOVE this DAD!

  • t0ofIy

    It’s amazing how social media can set off a chain of kneejerk reactions.

  • newstarshipsmell
  • rensuchan

    He picked a hell of a day to skip…

  • mean birch

    He’s better at shooting than grammer.

  • Lena60

    Sounds like Karma paid a little visit. Glad the dad got the upper hand or else we would be reading family slain over possible robbery.

  • Vesper B

    As much as I like to say I would do the same thing, chances are I would be posting about my victory on social media. In a related story, I am a horrible person

  • sativagrl

    The dead guy must have left a nasty blood pool in the carpet. I hate scrubbing!


    Holy crap that was awesome!

  • Sejanus

    Good one dad.
    I love hearing when criminals get insta justice.
    Its how it should be..think how great the world would be.
    Everything fixed in three or four days.

  • Rachel Ann

    Dear Karma thanks for the instant dose of justice. Sincerely a fan.

  • Sadie Tagabayan

    This homicide was justified. I would have done the same thing had someone been holding my daughters or my husband hostage and I had a gun.

  • Sadie Tagabayan

    You have a well trained gun!

  • Sadie Tagabayan

    What a stroke of luck that he decided to ditch that day. I started reading your comment and thinking it was going to be a tragic thing.
    I bet he turns out okay in spite of his ditching–I did. But yeah, give him hell!

  • nay88

    thats what they fucking get!!!

  • Ninja0980

    I love a story with a happy ending.

  • James Johnson

    Yes, i am sorry that I had to rid the world of your degenerate family member. I am also sorry that I did not finish the job on the other fella that was going to rape rob and murder us. Good job. Hero. Father.

  • Just send him the money to replace the rounds he used and a note to keep up the good work.

  • Delaney3030

    Ok, it’s settled. Time to start packing heat on the reg, yo. I’ve got daughters all over town.

  • GemGirl7

    Accidentally DV’d you, I’m hoping that hitting the up vote cancels it out!

  • darsa

    Definitely nice to see that guns CAN be used the right way.

  • thinkaboutit75

    Apologize my ass….you know when your children family and friends are thugs..you also know that life will catch up to them..or maybe a bullet

  • Buffettgirl

    He’s a good kid, he’s had some issues since his parents divorced a couple of years ago. He would be the sensitive one of their two boys. His older brother is the type to pick on him for it too. All in all I like him a lot, but he’s still getting a smack upside the head for this! 😉

  • Buffettgirl

    Not only to skip school, but to totally check out of the world for a whole day!

  • JohnQknowitall

    Carrying a gun while visiting his estranged wife and children? What father wouldn’t?

  • SillyCynic

    I pack at times (depending on the neighborbood or where I’m going)…could be the same thing there…better safe than sorry.

  • LuvsHorror


  • Vincents_Sin

    Nope, you done fucked up. Hand in your keys to the internet, you’re done for today!

  • JohnQknowitall

    Really? Why are you drawn to places so crappy you need a gun?

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I think it’s the other way around “you pay, you play” lol

  • You never skipped school? I was prolific..3rd year in grammar school my attendance was under 40%. Decided they had enough and expelled me at that point. I am actually the story you never hear though..the one where the kid never went to school but actually ended up ok with a reasonably well paid job etc. Dont tell your kids that story though..stick with the “if you dont go to school you will end up a homeless junkie” tactic 🙂

  • Vincents_Sin

    Ah school skipping. Never actually did full days, but some friends and I would always ditch out of shop class our sophomore year. It’s not that we didn’t like the class, it’s just that it was welding and we knew what we were doing so we’d have a ton of projects already made/in progress so we had some excuse when the teacher checked up on us (which was few and far between. Nice guy, but just not teacher material). Honestly one of the easiest A’s I got in high school.

  • Vincents_Sin

    You comment made my neck twitch. I hope it was intentional…

  • Vincents_Sin

    Stanley Steamers does fantastic work getting those pesky stains out!

  • Vincents_Sin

    I think the apologies are necessary if they’re sincere. Because you realize that you ended any future memories to be created and prevented the possibility of the kid getting cleaned up. I can’t imagine anyone that’s killed in self-defense just goes on with their lives, it has to linger with them to some degree. And if anything, apologizing to the family may be a form of resolution and acceptance for the choice to kill.

  • Quite liked my “shop” class teacher as well. Stunk of whiskey all the time and never even looked at the test papers. Nobody believed me when I told them that until I just filled in the first page and left the rest blank..still got an A.

  • DeweyCheatam

    I carry at all times.

  • DeweyCheatam

    I’d aim for his head.

  • thinkaboutit75

    I completely understand your viewpoint, but I’ve gotten kind of numb to some of this stuff. A local thug late teens was involved in a murder…rap group/gang killed a rival…mom on the news my baby aint no bad kid wrong place wrong time it was some of his friends…out on bail awaiting trial…they shoot up the park on family day..hitting toddlers and everything to get at the rival rap/gang and didn’t hit any of them just the innocent. Moms on the news again crying and saying what a good kid..just wrong place wrong time all in a 6 month span. If that piece of crap broke in my house and I used lethal force she would be the last person on earth I would apologize to. Why? because she condones and reinforces their behavior. What normal person, mother or not, would still be calling someone a good kid after they participate in a shooting in a local park that was a dedicated family celebration for the community with free food and kids games, it was tons of kids out there!

  • DeweyCheatam

    I don’t see it as the father ending anything, he didn’t go looking for them. The dead thug and his buddy chose to engage in illegal activity, putting themselves at risk of someone being just a tad bit badder than them, therefore causing their own shootings, IMO. I think the guy is probably rightfully fearful of the thug-mentality “uncles,” “cousins,” etc. that might come looking for him and / or his family and he’s trying to diffuse that situation.

  • sativagrl

    Stanley Steemer gets carpet cleaner!

  • JohnQknowitall

    I just stay away from places where guns are necessary. Worked well for my grandparents, parents and myself so far.

  • Buffettgirl

    Oh I skipped like a motherfucker, but I had my sister-in-law call in and pretend to be my Mom to excuse my absences. I missed something crazy like 100 days of English my last year in high school. The teacher and I had a mutual disdain for one another. As long as they were excused he didn’t care and neither did I that’s for sure! 😉

  • Lol yeh I didnt have anybody to ring in for me but I didnt really need that after a while. They knew I was skipping when I didnt show up, I knew they knew I was skipping and just didnt give a shit. I hated school and took weeks off at a time, I was never going to pass my exams etc anyway so I was happy to get expelled and just went to technical college at 14/15..it was easier not to go to tec than it was to school because I was in with adults and nobody ever reported me absent. Had my dear old Ma believing I was attending everyday, she never found out any different until my end of school exam results never materialised then I had to tell her I hadnt ever really went and never did my exams. She was very proud needless to say

  • DeweyCheatam

    You mean, like your own house like where this teenaged girl was? Unfortunately, in today’s world, it is literally possible and almost likely that at any given moment some knucklehead criminal is gonna accost you or someone nearby. It sucks, but it’s true, at least in the U.S.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Most places, as 100 years ago, life in the United States (actually the world) are safe. I am more afraid of people who live in fear.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Well, don’t go to any restaurants in Texas, or movie theaters in Colorado or California, or hair salons, or schools, or post offices, or malls, and you should be okay.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Again I have in Texas and Colorado and a lot of other places too and never felt unsafe. Of the 300+ million people in the United States, how many been physically attacked in adulthood by someone other than a relative or a love interest?

  • DeweyCheatam

    One is too many, especially if I’m the one. I definitely see what you’re saying, but I know of many incidents of stranger attacks even in places where you’d least expect it, including on trails out in the woods, including along the Appalachian Trail. I agree that the odds are with me, but with the increasing frequency of violence, fueled mostly by drugs IMO, I’m unwilling to take the chance. And I respect the rights of others to be more peaceful and / or who prefer not to carry.

  • JohnQknowitall

    The Marine arrested in Mexico was arrested because he was bring more American guns into Mexico.

    I hike the Appalachian and never once an issue… if anything people are nicer.

    I am game for legalizing drugs with the deal for gun owners to drop fighting certain gun laws if crime falls.

  • Nick Trygg


  • SillyCynic

    “…The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

  • JohnQknowitall

    What do you think of prosecuting the owners of inadequately secured guns used to injure other people? Everybody is happy with that one, huh?

  • DeweyCheatam

    I’m perfectly okay with someone facing charges if their negligent securing of a gun results in someone else getting injured or worse.

  • JohnQknowitall

    The next hurdle would be defining that which constitutes neglegence in relation to gun ownership.

  • DeweyCheatam

    I’m pretty sure every jurisdiction in the country has statutorily defined negligence, so that’s one dead horse we don’t have to beat! lol

  • JohnQknowitall

    The horse is not dead and I don’t want anyone to beat anything. I am sure we can all as members of society – a society of laws- come up with some very good ones that we can all live with… I never would have dreamed of taking this further except for the lessons of conservative states and abortion… What would Jesus do? Let the games begin… lol

  • SillyCynic

    Jesus is probably out in the field, working for subpar wages…not sure how that’s relevant…

    As for inadequately secured firearms, it depends how YOURE defining it. If someone breaks in my house and steals my shit, no. If someone comes over and steals it, no. Period. Regardless if it’s locked up or sitting out. Stealing is stealing.

    If I pull a genius move and leave my guns on the couch when my 3 year old nephew comes over and he decides to play cops and robbers and shoots me, then I deserve it for being a retard.