Suspected Intruder Shot While Attempting Entry to Home, Confusion Emerges

HERNANDO, MS — A man was shot while attempting to enter a woman’s home in the middle of the night Friday, WREG reports.

Now, in the aftermath, there seems to be some confusion about just who the victim is.

According to WREG:

The incident happened in the 11000 block of Sunset Drive in Hernando. Deputies were called for a reported burglary.

According to the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, the woman was home when the man tried to make his way inside around 2:30 a.m.

She grabbed a gun and opened fire, shooting through the door and hitting the suspect.

The suspect was taken to Baptist Desoto but was eventually rushed to the Regional Medical Center. He was listed as stable with a gunshot to the arm, authorities said. The homeowner was not injured.

The sheriff’s department said later Friday that the woman and man were acquainted. A news release referred to the man as a “victim.”

There are two ways this could go.

This could be a man who knew the resident and that relationship was not at all pleasant. His attempting to enter in the middle of the night would certainly seem to back that line of reasoning.

In that case, the woman was well within her rights, and the news release was miserably-phrased.

However, it could be the case that the two were acquainted, and the man tried to enter the house and the woman shot him not realizing who it was.

If that was the case, then the fault would lie firmly with the woman who failed to recognize who she was pointing a gun at.

Both are tragic scenarios, and either way this should serve as a strong reminder to us to always know exactly what we’re aiming at.

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