A 58-year-old man was killed after gunfire erupted when a group of men broke into his home in Olive Branch, Mississippi, early Sunday morning. But the victim’s nephew returned fire, striking two of the suspects, one fatally.
Cortney Mosley said a group of three or four men armed with rifles entered the home around 2 a.m. and demanded money from those inside, which included several family members, as well as Mosley’s girlfriend, who had a pistol.
Mosley said a scuffle ensued between the suspects and the residents before the suspects opened fire, striking Mosley’s uncle, Curtis Mosley, in the back.
“They just killed my uncle in front of me. They’re in my house,” Mosley said.
It was then that he grabbed his girlfriend’s gun and returned fire. Two of the suspects, later identified as Deangelo Miquel Tinnin and Miriko Dairyell Simmons, were struck by Mosley’s gunfire. Tinnin was killed, while Simmons sought treatment at a local hospital.
The remaining suspects, who ran away after shots were fired, are still at large.
The elder Mosley’s sister, Maggie Dean, said the family is both confused and upset over the incident. Dean said they have lived in the home for more than 50 years and called it “a family house.” She described her deceased brother as a man who would not have hurt anyone.
[ WALB ]