A Memphis homeowner said when he arrived at his residence Friday evening he saw his “house being ransacked” and his dog “going hysterical in the cage,” he told WMC-TV.
Asking the station to not identify him for fear of his safety, the homeowner added to WMC he came face to face with pair of intruders.
“When he saw me, he notified the other individual that was with him, ‘Hey, they are here,'” the homeowner told the station.
Then the intruders pulled out guns, he told WMC. One of them, he told WATN-TV, “turned around and pointed it at me.”
But he added to WATN that intruder’s gun jammed, and then both suspects ran to the kitchen.
The homeowner noted to WMC that he was able to grab his “own, personal AK-47” from a hall closet.
He found both suspects on the patio where he saw one “shooting, aiming at my play cousin, so I just let loose,” he told WATN, and opened fire upon the intruders.
What happened to the intruders?
Both intruders were pronounced dead at the scene, WMC reported. They were identified by police as 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon and 17-year-old Demond Robinson.
Why were the intruders inside the home?
The homeowner told WATN he believes the break-in started as retaliation toward his friend who one of the suspects claimed owed him money during a visit to the house weeks prior to the shooting.
“You know you see your stuff ransacked, you puzzled and you trying to figure out what’s going on,” the homeowner added to WATN.
Not the first shooting at the home
Police markings indicate spots on the home where it was shot up less than a year ago, WMC reported.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but I know I’m going to defend my life to the best of my ability,” the homeowner added to WMC.
What happened to the homeowner?
Police said the homeowner was detained but later released, WMC reported, adding that the District Attorney General’s office determined that no charges will be filed at this time.
The homeowner gave police his home surveillance system to bolster his case that the shooting was in self-defense, WMC said.
What else did the homeowner say?
“These boys need their father and need some type of discipline,” he added to WMC. “They’re out here without any fear.”
While the homeowner isn’t happy about the loss of life, he told WMC “it was either me or them” and added to WATN that his action was “just fast, rational thinking.”
He told WMC he’s concerned about the “possibility” of retaliation and added to WATN he plans to move because of the incident.
“You never know how someone else’s family may perceive the situation,” the homeowner told WMC, “but I mean, I just have to take it one day at a time.”