MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man told police Thursday he shot an intruder at a home in the Imogene Heights area of South Memphis.
Police responded to the 2700 block of Jolson at 3:53 p.m. where two armed suspects tried to rob the home.
The homeowner got into a fight with one of the suspects in an attempt to get the gun away, police said.
That's when the gun went off and one of the suspects was shot.
Police found the injured suspect lying dead in front of the home upon arrival.
The other suspect ran away.
Police say the homeowner likely knew one of the suspects, and that's why he initially came to the door.
Neighbors hoped the incident would send a message.
“You run up in somebody’s place, you get what you get. It’s what happens and you shouldn’t do it. You should stop,” Drederick Moore said.
Relatives described the homeowner as a hard-working man who keeps to himself and lives alone in the house. They said he works full-time as a petroleum delivery driver.
This is an ongoing investigation. Police have not said whether the shooting was justified or if they'll file any charges. They also have not released a description of the second suspect who ran away.
The homeowner never had a weapon of his own, according to police.