A homeowner shot an armed burglar dead in Pascagoula, Mississippi on January 7, 2020.
The suspect was identified as Walter Williams, a 31-one-year old who is believed to have been involved in other burglaries in the area, according to local media reports.
“Williams, who is a resident of Pascagoula, allegedly broke into a home on Nathan Hale Drive Tuesday morning just before noon,” WLOX reported. “The homeowner – who was later identified as a longtime employee of the Jackson County Coroner’s Office – shot the intruder, said police.”
“Williams was known to authorities due to being in trouble with the law before. In fact, authorities say he was suspected in more than one burglaries, including one just days before he was fatally shot.”
Officials in a neighboring county asked to take care of the death investigation because of a potential conflict of interest. The homeowner was apparently connected to the local coroner’s office.
The homeowner is currently going through the process of being appointed as deputy coroner of the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.
A Grand Jury will now be reviewing this case, but the homeowner is not expecting any charges pressed against him.
The case will be turned over a Grand Jury for review, but the homeowner is not expected to face any charges.