A 9-year-old Indiana boy frightened off a would-be carjacker by pointing a pellet gun at the suspect’s head on Tuesday.
WTHR-TV reported that Kevin Cooksey and his son, Larry Larimore, pulled up to a convenience store in Kokomo on the day after Christmas. Cooksey left his 9-year-old son in the vehicle while it was running.
While Cooksey was in the store, he glanced out the window and noticed that the driver’s side door of the truck stood open.
“When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?'” Cooksey told WTHR. “I was thinking, I hope my son knew what to do in that situation.”
What Cooksey didn’t know was that a would-be carjacker reportedly opened the driver’s side door and had attempted to steal the vehicle.
What did the boy do?
According to WTHR, Larimore pointed his pellet gun at the suspect’s head, which deterred him from taking Larimore’s dad’s truck.
“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” Larimore told the network. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”
Larimore said that the pellet gun did the job, and the suspect moved onto the next idling vehicle — a truck belonging to Kyle Sparling, another patron in the convenience store.
What happened then?
WTHR reported that the suspect took off in Sparling’s truck after Larimore scared the suspect away.
“I didn’t know what to think, I just kind of ran outside and watched him,” Sparling told the network.
Cooksey added that he wanted to “go catch the guy” and said that it was simply instinct that compelled him to help out.
After calling the police, Cooksey, Sparling, and Larimore embarked on a high-speed chase that resulted in a one-vehicle crash.
“Right up here by this church, he got up on the sidewalk over here and got back on the road,” Cooksey told WTHR. “At this point, we were doing about 70 miles per hour.”
Larimore added that the suspect in Sparling’s truck “was doing donuts” and “zig zags” and added that the vehicle “almost flipped.”
“I was just glad he didn’t wreck into anybody,” Sparling said. “That was my biggest fear, I think.”
After a few miles of pursuit, the suspect crashed Sparling’s car.
The Kokomo Tribune identified the suspect as Ollie L. Dunn, 32, of Lafayette. He was apprehended and booked on charges of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, theft, auto theft, and never obtaining a driver’s license.