Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Jackson, Mississippi

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger of December 2, 2003

Suspect killed in break-in attempt

The Madison County Sheriff's Department was searching Monday for one of two suspects involved in a deadly attempted robbery at a Madison County home.

One of the suspects died after exchanging gunfire with the homeowner late Saturday, Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge said. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The homeowner was shot in the side and was listed in stable condition Monday at a local hospital, Trowbridge said.

The homeowner's name was not released. Trowbridge said she fears for her life.

Her alleged assailant was shot in the lower abdomen.

The attempted home invasion on Lake Castle Road was reported to the sheriff's department about 11:50 p.m. Saturday.

One suspect tried to force his way into the woman's home after she answered her door, Trowbridge said.

"He physically assaulted her," Trowbridge said.

The homeowner and the man struggled at the doorway, Trowbridge said. Both pulled guns.

After being shot, the injured man "fled the house and collapsed in the driveway," Trowbridge said.

The man's accomplice drove off in a car, Trowbridge said.

There have been similar incidents in Jackson in the past several months.

In a September case and another in October, homeowners shot and killed men as they were breaking into their homes. The homeowners were not charged.

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