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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.


  • Ed

    We need MORE people like the homeowner and you would see a HUGE DROP in crime.
    I applaude this person for standing up for his/her rights.

  • PH

    yes but some bleeding heart liberal will cry fowl and say he didn’t have to shoot. He could have just talked to him and this would have been different. yeah right…

  • Willie H. Bankhead

    Mississippi currently has no self-defense law; however, under Mississippi’s Code Sec. 97-3-15. Homicide; justifiable homicide; deadly force must be necessary; the shooter’s life must be in eminent danger. Shooter was within his/her dwelling (not within reach of the offender). Could have called 911; turned on an outside light or simply yelled “I have a gun”. Shooter in Tueplo opened their door; thereby, stepped into the danger zone.

  • whb

    Shooter in Tupelo may face a manslaughter charge. Mississippi Code of 1972 SEC. 97-3-29. Homicide; killing while committing a misdemeanor. Assailant (TRESPASSER) in Tupelo had trespassed (a misdemeanor “ONLY”if a NO TRESPASSING sign is veiwable or the person was warned to stay off the property) upon a property. Property owner opened the door; shoot and killed the trespasser. AND GUESS WHAT, NOT KNOWING (having knowledge of) THIS LAW IS NOT A DEFENSE.

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