It looks like there’s still hope for the next generation of Americans.
Nine-year-old Larry Larimore of Kokomo, Indiana stopped an alleged carjacker from stealing his father’s truck by pointing his pellet gun at the suspect’s head.
The boy’s father, Kevin Cooksey, made a stop at a local One Stop Express to buy ibuprofen for his wife. Cooksey told WTHR he left the truck running with his son inside.
Suddenly, Cooksey saw the suspect climb into the vehicle.
“When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?'” the worried father said. He remembered hoping “my son knew what to do in that situation.”
Larimore was stunned by the intruder’s entry into the truck, but lost no time in acting.
“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” the boy explained. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”
The man was frightened enough by Larimore’s courage to exit the truck. He immediately stepped into a unattended black Trail Blazer which also had its engine running.
The owner of the SUV, Kyle Sparling, was unsure how to react. “I didn’t know what to think, I just kind of ran outside and watched him,” Sparling said.
Cooksey told Sparling to step into his truck, and the two men chased the carjacker down–with Cooksey’s son in the back.
“I wanted to go catch the guy,” Cooksey recalled. “It’s just one of those instincts to help out somebody else.”
After a car chase at 70 mph, the man crashed Sparling’s Trail Blazer.
Cooksey said he feared for his son’s safety. “I thought he was going to come back at me. I thought I was going to have to dodge a moving car with my nine-year-old son in the truck.”
Sparling was relived no one was hurt. “I was just glad he didn’t wreck into anybody. That was my biggest fear, I think.”
Larimore was grateful to have helped. “I just like helping people because it’s kind and if my grandma was here, she would have me do the same,” the boy said.
The shocking story has two morals: children are capable of more than they’re often given credit for. And never leave your car running at the gas station.