• Homeowner speaks out after he shoots, kills two burglary suspects inside home

    By: Tony Atkins

    Updated:

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis Police have identified two suspects that were killed during the apparent burglary of an East Memphis home.

    Azell Witherspoon, 28 and Demond Robinson, 17, were both killed during the alleged attempt. The shooter will not face charges, police told FOX13.

    RELATED: Suspected burglars shot and killed in Memphis neighborhood, police say

    Less than 24 hours after the shooting, FOX13 spoke with the shooter and resident, who didn’t want to be identified. He credits quick-thinking for his safety.

    “He picked up his weapon, turned around and points them at me,” he said. “Two pistols.”

    The homeowner told FOX13, he was walking inside the house with a close family friend when they ran into the suspects.  


    Trending stories:


    The victim's friend ran outside and one the suspects allegedly began shooting in his direction from the porch.

    “They were outside the house, but they were firing at my play cousin,” the man said. 

    The homeowner, still inside, grabbed his AK-47.

    “I just let loose, not knowing it hit both of them,” the man described. 

    Both suspects died on the scene.

    “I mean, we’re in Memphis, you’re going to need a gun," the homeowner said. 

    A gun he wishes he never needed, but used to kill two people who came to rob him.

    Next Up: