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08-31-2009, 06:42
It's going kind of slow, but picking up speed.

If the police won't/can't protect us, there's always the "other" way.

August 31, 2009

Jackson police were trying Sunday night to identify a burglary suspect who was shot and killed while allegedly trying to break into a grocery store.

The shooting occurred in the back of Gipson's Discount Foods, 1434 U.S. 80 in west Jackson.

About 4:50 p.m., police responded to a call of a man being shot at the business, Jackson Police Department Assistant Chief Lee Vance said.

The grocery store is closed on Sundays.

"Our preliminary investigation shows the deceased was attempting to break in when a resident living inside shot and killed him," Vance said.

The suspect, who did not have any identification, was carrying a large knife and a handgun, Vance said. He was shot when he reached for one of the weapons.

Police found the suspect dead near the rear door.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said the suspect was shot once in the chest with a shotgun.

She said she hopes finger prints will be able to help identify the suspect, who is believed to be in his mid-20s.

The death is the city's 28th homicide.

Police are not releasing the name of the shooter because he is not expected to be charged.

Vance said the shooter, who is a family member of the owner, lives inside the business when it is closed.

"Whether this falls under the Castle Doctrine or not, I can't say, but this appears to be a justifiable shooting. This was an armed man attempting to break into a store," Vance said.

JPD spokesman Lt. Jeffery Scott said in a written release that the findings of the investigation will be turned over to a grand jury.

Earlier this month, a Jackson homeowner was not charged when he shot and wounded a man attempting to break into his car.

A number of people in Jackson have been shot or killed since the Castle Doctrine went into effect three years ago.

The Mississippi law allows property owners to use deadly force when they believe they are in imminent danger.

A Jackson convenience store clerk Sarbrinder Pannu, however, was indicted early this year on murder and shooting into a vehicle charges in the Aug. 17, 2008, killing of James Hawthorne, 36, of Jackson.

Pannu followed Hawthorne outside the store and shot him in the head and shoulder, police said.

Hawthorne had gotten into his vehicle and crashed into a gas pump.

Police said the shooting doesn't fall under the law that allows Mississippians to use deadly force when they believe they are in imminent danger since Hawthorne had no weapon.

Lesson from that last part: Drag him back in before you dial 911.