Jackson man shot after forcing his way into Warren Co. home

Published 5:31 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2008

VICKSBURG (AP) — No charges have been filed against a Warren County teenager who shot and killed a home intruder, stopped a theft in progress and sent the intruder’s accomplices scurrying, said Sheriff Martin Pace.

The body of Jonathan Bruce, 21, of Jackson, was found Sunday night outside a mobile home in south Warren County, said Coroner Doug Huskey.

Bruce had been shot once with a .410 shotgun and had stumbled out of the mobile home, Pace said.

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The teen, who was not identified, was not arrested or charged. Pace said details of the investigation will be presented to the district attorney, but it appeared the shooting will be deemed justifiable.

Pace said the adults who lived in the home where Bruce was shot made a living as street vendors. He said Bruce and two other men had forced their way into the mobile home after asking about purchasing shoes. The teen and several other juveniles were alone when the trio entered.

Pace said after the men got inside, they started “loading up merchandise” until the teen got a shotgun and fired it at Bruce, who had a handgun in his pocket.

Pace said after being shot, Bruce turned and walked out onto the lawn, where he was found when deputies arrived. The other men fled in a sedan, Pace said.