Police: Man shot and killed while trying to break into home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Memphis police are investigating after a man reportedly broke into an Oakhaven home early Monday morning and someone inside shot him.

According to police, the deceased male broke into a home near Birdsong Ferry and Brandy Station around 7:30 a.m. Someone inside the residence came into contact with the man and opened fire.

Wounded, the suspect reportedly jumped into a silver Lexus and took off. He made it around the corner to Shelby Drive and Tchulahoma before crashing into a fence.

By the time first responders arrived, the suspect was dead.

"An early morning break in? I`m not sure. Maybe they thought no one was home," said Leslie Simmons.

Simmons said her nephew lives in the home and opened fire on the accused thief.

"He's a little shaken up, but he`s fine," she said. "You take a chance breaking into someone's house. You don't know if anyone is there. You never know what is going to happen when you do. You take your chances."

Police say they will question the homeowner and witnesses.

They have yet to charge the homeowner or release the identity of the person who reportedly broke into the home.