Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Jackson, Mississippi

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger of April 20, 2004:

Police search for wounded suspect

Jackson man shoots intruder on property

Jackson police are searching for a burglary suspect who was shot in the arm early Monday by a property owner.

Hector Johnson, 56, owner of the unoccupied house at 149 Livingston Road, found the unidentified man sleeping in the doorway of his property, said Jackson Police Department spokesman Robert Graham.

Johnson told the man to freeze because he was calling the police, but the man got up and began moving toward a flower pot on the front porch, Graham said. Johnson fired his handgun once, striking the man in the arm, Graham said.

"The homeowner didn't know if he had a weapon in the pot or not," Graham said.

The injured suspect then fled the scene, Graham said.

In addition to breaking a side window to gain entry into the home, Graham said the suspect is believed to have stolen a small freezer. He said it appears he left and came back before creating a makeshift bed near the door.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, Graham said. An investigation is continuing.

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