Knox Graham contributed to this report.
TUPELO, Miss.–The shotgun blast that killed a home invader was self defense, said a Lee County Grand Jury this week. It happened June 6 when 41-year-old Bradley Wayne Nance made a surprise appearance on the patio of a homeowner at 5 a.m. and wouldn’t leave.
Tupelo Police Captain Rusty Haynes told News Mississippi that it appeared to be a home invasion.
“The male homeowner was home alone with his two kids around 5 a.m. when he was woken up by his back deck motion-sensor light,” he said.
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The homeowner then found his .410 shotgun and walked to the back door and told Nance that he needed to leave.
“The subject charged the homeowner at which time the homeowner discharged a .410 shotgun striking the man in the chest,” said Haynes.
Nance died right there on the back deck just outside the home.
“The two men did not know each other whatsoever, not at all,” he said.
The homeowner has been completely cleared.