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Slidell man opens fire on two men attempting to kidnap his son, kills one, police say

Police arrested the homeowner, Hakim Dumas, because he is a convicted felon and not allowed to own a firearm.
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SLIDELL, La. — A convicted felon in Slidell used an illegal gun to defend his home from two men trying to kidnap his child and killed one, authorities said Thursday. 

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office officials initially said one person was dead and another was wounded in a shooting in the Slidell area Thursday morning.

In an update, officials detailed how 40-year-old Hakim Dumas got into a verbal fight around 1 a.m. Thursday with his live-in girlfriend, who then left him and their child at the house and went to a family member's home. 

About two hours later, a man whom police did not identify and 24-year-old Billy Porche showed up at the home. Authorities say they confronted Dumas with a gun, apparently intending to take the sleeping child. 

Dumas pulled out a gun and fired on the two men, killing one and injuring Porche, according to police.

Porche ran away from the scene and was picked up by deputies shortly after. He had a non-life-threatening graze wound to his shoulder. 

"At this time all parties are involved are in custody, and there is no danger to the public," a statement from the sheriff's office said.

Investigators learned that neither man had permission to take the child from Dumas. 

Porche was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of aggravated attempted kidnapping of a child and second-degree murder. Authorities say he was charged with murder because his actions directly caused the death of the other man. 

Dumas was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated number or mark. 

He was not charged in connection with the homicide because he acted in self-defense, authorities said. 

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