The 21-year-old autistic man was supposed to be going to his home, but he may have gotten confused when he attempted to enter an off-duty police officer's home. The police officer allegedly shot the young man, believing that he was thwarting a break in attempt.
The autistic man was shot in the arm, but his caretaker suffered more serious injuries. The caretaker is currently at Cooper hospital, according to My Fox Philly. His injuries are considered to be life threatening. The officer is on administrative leave.
This tragic scenario is one that many parents of children with autism fear. The police officer was, if the reports are accurate, only acting to protect his home. The young man involved was not doing anything wrong at the time of the shooting; he simply went to the wrong house.
As minor children enter adulthood, parents may want to consider introducing their children to the community. This is especially true if the child will be living independently with minimal assistance. Introducing him or her to the neighbors can help to create a valuable social network of support of the child while making sure that everyone understands his or her unique needs.