Police: Evidence backs up self-defense in shooting

June 17, 2013 10:03:48 AM



TUPELO -- Police say evidence backs up a Tupelo man's statement that he was defending himself when he shot and killed a neighbor on his back porch. 


Police Capt. Rusty Haynes tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that tests indicate that 41-year-old Brad Nance was four to six feet away when he was shot and killed Thursday. 


"That is a really close shot and further confirms the resident was acting in self-defense," Haynes said. 


Police have not identified the neighbor who shot Nance. 


Police say a noise woke him up shortly before 5 a.m. He allegedly opened a door and told Nance to leave, firing a .410 shotgun when Nance kept walking forward. 


Detectives are waiting for autopsy and toxicology reports. 


Haynes said police have not filed charges because they believe the man was within his rights, but will present evidence to the grand jury. 


The next Lee County grand jury meets in mid-July.