MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A man is dead after trying to break into someone's home and being shot by the homeowner.
It happened around 4 p.m. in Orange Mound at the intersection of Jolson and Pendleton.
The normally silent block of Jolson was a maze of crime tape Thursday after two suspects tried to get into one man’s home.
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“One [suspect] had a gun. The homeowner attempted to take the gun from the suspect, while wrestling over the gun, the suspect was shot,” Major M.D. Lawrence.
Neighbors in the area say the person killed was a teen.
Police believe the two would be intruders may have targeted the homeowner.
“I think the homeowner recognized one of the suspects and was going to the door to let him in,” said Major Lawrence.
The homeowner is a man in his late 40’s and does not have kids, according to relatives.
“I hate it because my nephew is a hard-working guy, that goes to work every day, minds his own business, and if somebody was coming after him, I'm sure he will defend himself,” said the homeowner’s aunt, Elizabeth.
Every homeowner has the right to defend themselves. Tragically, it ended with one young man dead, and their family forever devastated. Another family though, is relieved.
“What are you going to say when you see your nephew?” asked FOX13’s Zach Crenshaw.
“Hug him, just talk to him,” said Aunt Elizabeth. “I'm just glad that it wasn't him. I hate the man that got killed, but I'm glad it wasn't him that wasn't killed. That he defended himself.”
The other intruder is still on the run, but no suspect description has been released by police.
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