“Do you really need an AR-15?”
Gun owners who have been asked this question might point to a recent incident in Memphis, where police report that a homeowner shot and killed two intruders with his AK-47.
“He picks up his weapon, he turned around and pointed it at me,” the man, who has asked to remain anonymous, told local media.
He says that the intruder’s gun jammed and both suspects ran to the kitchen.
“I’m assuming they were trying to go out of my back door so as they go through there I jumped in the closet and get my AK 47,” he said.
He found both men on his front porch, where he says one of them was aiming his handgun at his cousin.
“So I just let loose. Not knowing I hit both of them,” he explained.
He told local media that he was just trying to protect himself and did not want to kill either of the two men.
“It was just fast, rational thinking,” he said. “It was them or it was me, and unfortunately they was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Police have identified the suspects as 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon and 17-year-old Demond Robinson. Both were found dead at the scene.
The homeowner was initially taken into custody but has since been released. Police say he won’t be charged.
The individual who was detained has been released without charge. All evidence was presented to the DAG’s Office and it was determined that no criminal charges will be filed at this point. https://t.co/a1EvyXEvRA
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) June 2, 2018
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The homeowner said he came home from the barber shop around 7pm to find his door had been pried open and his dog was barking.
“You know you see your stuff ransacked, you’re puzzled and you trying to figure out what’s going on,” the homeowner said.
That’s when he found the two men snooping around his house.
He believes the men came to his home because they think one of his friends owes them money.
“Gun crime, violence, it’s getting out of hand in Memphis,” he said.
The University of Memphis’ Public Safety Institute reported that both property crime (+10.6 percent) and major violent crime (+9.9 percent) ticked up between 2016 and 2017, though 2017’s numbers represent a decrease in both categories since 2006.
The first quarter of 2018 shows promise of improvement, as major violent crimes decreased 5.1 percent, murders were down 37.8 percent, and burglary was down 10.3 percent.