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Vicksburg woman shoots home intruder

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A would-be burglar was shot when the homeowner caught them in the act Thursday afternoon.

A Vicksburg Police Officer speaks with the homeowner. (Photo by David Day)

A homeowner arrived to perform a daily check on her home in the 900 block of Hillcrest Street. Upon entering the home, just after 11 a.m., she discovered a burglary in progress.  She fired what she described as a warning shot according to 911 radio traffic and then exited the home, yelling for people nearby to call 911.  She then re-entered the home and another shot was fired before the burglar fled from the rear of the home on foot.

(Photo by David Day)

Neighbor Sharon Flowers said that she had just arrived at her home nearby when the homeowner came out asking for help, then retreated back into the home.  Alarmed, Flowers called for help at the homeowner’s request and was present when the second shot was fired.

“The silence was terrifying,” Flowers said. “You couldn’t see anything, you didn’t see anyone move, it was silence.”

A few minutes later the would-be burglar showed up at the River City Rescue Mission with a gunshot wound to his right arm. His wound was not deemed to be life-threatening and he is being charged with burglary by the Vicksburg Police.  The homeowner was also taken to the station for processing, however, officers say that she will most likely not be charged with violating the local gun ordinance because her actions are protected by the castle law, but that final determination will be made by the next Grand Jury.

Vicksburg Daily News’ David Day was on the scene with a live report:

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