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From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal of March 5, 2005
Raleigh resident won't face charges, police say
Charges won't be filed against a Raleigh homeowner who shot and killed an intruder early Friday.
Police said William J. Harmon, 42, whose last known address was in Millington, died at the scene after a single gunshot wound to the chest. Harmon had a lengthy criminal record, according to court records.
"They (the attorney general's office) declined to prosecute because of the inference of self-defense," Memphis Police Insp. Matt McCann said Friday. "They're in their home. He kicks in the door. They don't know him. They are afraid for their lives. He did what he felt he needed to do."
The homeowner, identified as Bob Pritchett, declined to discuss the shooting.
Harmon's police record included aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, domestic assault, carrying a pistol and vandalism. Additionally, there were several charges of public intoxication and a charge of driving under the influence, and someone filed a protection order twice against Harmon. The computerized court records did not indicate who sought the protection.
McCann described what happened about 12:45 a.m. Friday at the Raleigh area home: Harmon "started banging and kicking on the door. The homeowner called 911 saying something to the effect of, 'Someone is trying to get into my house.'"
Several minutes later, but before police arrived at the home on Raleigh Millington Road near St. Elmo, McCann said Harmon "kicked the door in and came rushing in."
That's when the homeowner shot him.
Pritchett called police again and told them the intruder had been shot. McCann said police have no motive for the break-in.
Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde; Beware the anger of a patient man.
This is a stellar example of why I choose to exercise my Second Ammendment rights and possess firearms in my home. I cannot begin to imagine the fear that ran through the minds of the homeowner and his family while this intruder was attempting to gain entry into their home. Although it is unfortunate that someones life had to be taken-even in a situation such as this- it is a blessing that this homeowner had the tools necessary to defend both himself and his family. After hearing of situations such as this and their eventual outcomes, one would hope that others with criminal intent may think twice before they, too, attempt home invasions; unfortunately, however, we all know this is not likely to be the case. In the interim, we all continue to prepare both ourselves and our families for what may eventually become an unfortunate reality in any of our homes.
Last edited by Gringo; March 12th, 2005 at 10:41 AM.
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