DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — A homeowner took action and shot an intruder who broke into his home.
The intruder, who is already on parole, is in the hospital in critical condition.
Richard Bias, 32, was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the recent incident.
FOX13 spoke on the phone with Bias' father, who is out of town. He said his friend called him to tell him about the incident.
Some neighbors have mixed opinions about the shooting.
Investigators said Bias broke into the home on Center Hill Road, near Coldwater Drive in Desoto County on Thursday morning.
“I understand you’re protecting your own but, what’s valuable here, your house or you,” Deborah McKnight said
Police arrived after the homeowner called 911 and told them he shot Bias. Deputies said they found Bias at the home with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and leg.
A man who appeared to be the homeowner told FOX13 to leave the neighborhood.
McKnight said she thinks the homeowner’s actions could be justified under one condition.
“If he had a weapon and he threatened a person with a weapon, yes, if he didn’t have a weapon and he didn’t threaten the person, come out and threaten the person no, no,” she said.
Investigators told FOX13 Bias is currently on parole through the Mississippi Department of Corrections. It stems from his release in Texas for a burglary conviction.
McKnight said the situation makes her want to be more aware of her surroundings.
“I also understand protecting your own, there are limitations on both sides,” McKnight said.
Investigators did not specify how many shots were fired.
There is also no word on whether the homeowner will face charges.
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