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Man shot, killed after burglarizing home

Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 at 10:26 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is investigating after a man was shot and killed after a burglary.

The shooting happened around 7:35 a.m. on Birdsong Ferry Road.

Police say the man broke into a home and someone inside shot him as he drove away.

He crashed near Shelby Drive and Tchulahoma Road.

He died on the scene.

It is unclear if the person who shot him will face charges.

"I'm glad that the shoe was not on the other foot today,” said the homeowner’s aunt Leslie Simmons.

When situations like this, happen it's important for homeowners to know their rights.

WMC5 did some digging into Tennessee's Castle Doctrine and got a legal opinion.

Under Tennessee's Castle Doctrine, a homeowner can use deadly force if an intruder is inside their home.

"You have a right to use as much force as necessary even to the point of killing another that breaks into your home,” said attorney Leslie Ballin.

Ballin said the Tennessee law specifically pertains to inside the home, not outside.

“Better call police,” Ballin said. “It’s only once an entering has occurred and that entering, unlawful, you have that presumed right of fear in self-defense.”

Lee Dodson lives next door to the home that was burglarized on Birdsong Ferry Road. He said he often hears about burglaries in his neighborhood.

“They need to stop,” Dodson said. “This needs to stop. Get a job. Live a good life.”

Memphis Police Department posted on social media that a man broke into a home when he was shot by someone inside the home.

WMC5 is still working to get details on how that shooting played out.

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