Kobe Sturgeon, 2011
Here’s a disturbing tale from Bellingham, Washington that shows just how dangerous letting renters into your home can be. Eleven-year-old Kobe Sturgeon lived with his single mother, who made ends meet by renting out a spare room in their house to local layabout Paul Newman (no relation to the actor). When Newman came home drunk at 7 in the morning and started yelling at Sturgeon’s mother about the mess in his room, things quickly escalated to violence. The brave kid stepped in to defend his mother, first smacking the lout with a wooden bookshelf to draw his attention. When Newman returned to try to break through a window to grab the terrified woman, Kobe grabbed his prized BB gun and took aim at the attacker, blasting his puffy face with BBs until he fled the scene and was later arrested.