TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI)- Police are investigating an early morning shooting in Tupelo that left one man dead. Detectives say the resident of 1208 Springdale claims he was awakened around 4:45 when he heard someone outside his back bedroom window. He told police he saw a man on the outside of the back deck, opened his door, and told the suspect to leave. Then the homeowner says the suspect moved toward him and he fired one round from a 410 shotgun. The suspect 41 year-old Brad Nance was dead at the scene. Police say homeowners have a right to protect their lives and property.
Sheriff Jim Johnson tells WCBI, “They certainly have a right to protect their lives and property and while there’s nothing we have seen that would logically lead us to believe there was anything different we will certainly take all facts and circumstance and present them to a Lee County Grand Jury and let the citizens make the determination of what they feel happened.”
The suspects body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy. Police aren’t releasing the id of the shooter at this time.