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Mom Shoots Masked Man Holding Knife to Son, Later Learns she Knew Attacker (Ohio)

PRARIE TOWNSHIP - Imagine waking at 4a.m. and seeing a man in an Insane Clown Possee mask, wearing gloves, holding a knife over your 17-year-old son. That's the situation Heather Tackett found herself faced with Sunday night.

Heather screamed at the intruder while holding her boyfriends .38 caliber revolver. The intruder didn't respond so she fired a single shot, sending him running through the backyard. According to,

It wasn’t until hours later — on Sunday afternoon — that Franklin County deputies came to her house and she discovered the person she’d shot was a teenage boy who’d been friends with her son. She had fed him dinner; he’d stayed overnight in her home.

“I am devastated,” Tackett said. “I really liked that kid and I was really good to him, and it breaks my heart he’d enter my home like that.”

Investigators say that Reb Barbee, 17, was behind the mask and had three friends help him sneak through a second-floor window of 8798 Hubbard Dr. S.

Despite a gunshot wound in his upper back, Barbee ran with his friends about a half-mile back to Barbee’s house at 635 Dovalon Place.

Nobody called 911. Not until an hour later, at 5:14 a.m. when Adam Pickens picked up the phone.

“Uh, I have a shot friend,” the 18-year-old told the dispatcher. “I really don’t know what to say.”

That 911 call, which you can listen to here, is a lesson in how not to call 911. The hour long delay before calling for help and the obvious lack of urgency helped lead to the death of the 17-year-old. 

Pickens and the two friends who helped Barbee enter the Tackett home and the have been arrested and charged with his murder for being part of the crime that lead to his death. According to Franklin County Sherrif Zach Scott,

If they would have got him help, we wouldn’t be talking about murder charges. It was a bad decision on top of a bad decision.

Heather's son Jacob had been friends with Barbee up until a year ago when the two split company over the things Barbee was getting involved in. She believes Barbee was there to harm Jacob. 

Heather also wishes Barbee had just said something,

"Had he said, 'Heather, don't,' or, 'It's me,' or 'Jake,' or something to one of us the situation would be very different."