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Teen shot protecting mother from ex-boyfriend

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- A 15-year-old was shot protecting his mother from her ex-boyfriend in March 2016. The suspect in the shooting was arrested on Monday.

On March 6, 2016, South Bend Police were dispatched to Memorial Hospital to investigate a shooting.

At the hospital, police spoke with 15-year-old Howard Ford who had been shot in both legs, allegedly by his mother's ex-boyfriend, Travis Roland.

Ford's mother, Donielle, told police the shooting happened at her home.

Ford's mother Donielle told police earlier in the day Roland went to her house upset about a photo on her Facebook.

Doneille and Roland argued, so Ford pushed Roland and stepped in front of his mother.

Ford said Roland pulled a gun from his waistband, fired a shot and ran away.

Ford was struck in the left leg and the bullet traveled into his right leg.

Three other children witnessed the shooting, police said.

Roland was charged with one count of battery by means of a deadly weapon on March 11, 2016.

He was arrested on July 24, 2017. He is being held on $30,000 bond.


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