On Tuesday, at approximately 4 AM, 25-year-old Leonard Demon Henry allegedly broke into the Oklahoma City mobile home of his ex-fiance Brandy Moreno and began stabbing her. The Oklahoman is reporting that Moreno’s 11-year-old daughter obtained her mother’s pistol and opened fire on Henry, shooting him twice and causing him to flee. According to KTUL, both Moreno and Henry are expected to recover from their injuries. Police are calling the shooting justified and are not expected to file charges against the victim’s daughter.
Moreno, a mother of two, had recently kicked Henry out of the mobile home they shared together with Henry’s three children and filed for a protective order, claiming that she feared for her children’s safety. Leonard Henry had a prior history of domestic violence allegations, as he faced misdemeanor domestic assault and battery charges back in 2013. A neighbor, Carolyn Marsee, indicated that Brandy Moreno had taught her daughter to shoot a week earlier in an effort to prepare her to defend herself.
According to the above-embedded video coverage of the incident provided by Pronews 7, Moreno was pregnant at the time of the attack, and Henry had broken into the home a couple of days prior. The Victim Protective Order, filed on September 18, notes that Henry’s own mother allegedly told Moreno that she had seen Henry molesting one of his children. The documents also contained allegations that Henry had taken photographs of one of his female children’s private parts and threatened her with a gun in an effort to terrify her into keeping the abusive activities a secret.
Neighbors are supportive of the 11-year-old daughter’s decision to take arms in defense of her mother. “I think she’s a hero,” Carolyn Marsee said to The Oklahoman. “[She] did the right thing, I don’t care what anybody says. She saved her mother and her brothers and sisters.”
Another neighbor, Lataisha Lewis, told Fox 25, “[Leonard Henry] has been coming around here. He’s been going around her trailer and going to her door, knocking on her window and beating real hard. Ran up his vehicle motors and things like that. And then this morning we hear the boom boom and the commotion and the breaking of the glass and come outside and see what’s going on.”
According to The Blaze, five children were in the mobile home at the time of the attack, and, while the 11-year-old daughter defended her mother with a firearm found in the home, another child called 911.
Upon arrival, police found Henry attempting to flee the scene, leaving behind a trail of blood from his gunshot wounds. The children are currently in protective custody, and Henry is expected to face criminal charges after he is cleared for release from the hospital.