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Tennessee home invasion. (Exercising the Right).

At around 1 a.m. on August 18th, two men, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced their way into a home in the northwest section of Shelby County, Tennessee. The homeowner, 26-year-old Jeffrey S. Rushing, confronted them armed with his own gun. Before the intruders could get off a shot, Rushing fired several times, striking Jerry L. Brooks, also 26, at least three times. As his accomplice, apparently not injured, fled, Brooks collapsed and died in the front yard of the Rushing residence.

Mr. Rushing subsequently perused a photo lineup and pinpointed Kenneth B. Hill, 31, as the other man. Still at large, Hill has a lengthy arrest record and is a suspect in the March shooting death of a man found in a drainage ditch near Bartlett, Tennessee.

On August 19th investigators ruled Brooks' death to be a justifiable homicide. The next day's Memphis Commercial Appeal quoted Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesman Captain Steve Crouch as saying, "This was a home-invasion robbery. And with this type of robbery we are seeing more and more residents in the county are armed and are protecting themselves."
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Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Date:Oct 21, 2002
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