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Car burglary suspect runs for his life when car owner shows up with gun; fleeing suspect actually knocks on doors begging for help before cops arrest him

Marreo Mays (Image source: Shelby County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Office)

A car burglary suspect ran for his life when the vehicle owner came outside with a gun and confronted him Thursday night in Memphis, Shelby County deputies told WREG-TV. What's more, authorities said the fleeing suspect ended up knocking on neighborhood doors and was begging for help before being arrested.

What are the details?

The incident took place in the city's Websters Grove subdivision off Holmes Road, the station said. A man told deputies he got a call from a neighbor who said he saw several individuals around the man's cars, WREG said.

The man said when he came outside, he saw two males in his driveway and a white four-door sedan with two more individuals inside it in the middle of his street, the station said.

The homeowner said when the suspects saw him, the pair in his driveway took off running — and one of them turned around and shot the homeowner in the ankle, WREG said.

The victim returned fire, the station said, adding that the suspect who shot him got away.

However, deputies told WREG they were able to arrest one of the suspects, later identified as 18-year-old Marreo Mays.

Authorities told the station that Mays was knocking on doors in the neighborhood asking for help and could be heard yelling to someone on his cell phone, “Y'all left me! Come pick me up!"

Mays is charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle and vandalism, WREG said. Jail records indicate Mays posted a $1,000 bond Friday, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 20.

What happened to the victim?

Family members told the station that the victim is recovering after having surgery on his foot and leg Friday.

Deputies added to WREG that several windows on the man's vehicles were broken, but apparently nothing was taken from the cars.

Sheriff’s department investigators were back in the neighborhood Friday, and authorities are asking those who know anything about the incident to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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