Police: Midfield homeowner, 82, fatally shoots intruder

Police: Midfield homeowner, 82, fatally shoots intruder

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Authorities say the homeowner of this residence shot and killed an intruder he found inside his house Monday night. Source: WBRC video Authorities say the homeowner of this residence shot and killed an intruder he found inside his house Monday night. Source: WBRC video
MIDFIELD, AL (WBRC) -

An elderly homeowner shot and killed an intruder in his home Monday night, Midfield police confirm.

Police said there was a forced entry at a home in the 900 block of 12th Street in Midfield. David Haynes, 82, fired a fatal shot at the intruder around 9:45 p.m., according to Midfield police.

Haynes' neighbor, Eddie Alexander, said Haynes owns two homes across the street from each other in Midfield. Someone kicked in the door to one of the homes this weekend, so Haynes spent Sunday night at his house across the street.

Haynes put up a chime on the outside of the house with the kicked-in door, and spent the night there on Monday. He was woken up by the sound of the bells signalling someone was inside.

Haynes spotted an intruder going through his refrigerator and shot him in the face, his neighbor said.

"I don't blame him for doing it. He was protecting his property, protecting his home, protecting himself," Alexander said.

The intruder has been identified as 34-year-old Jacob Lawayne Marsh, a man who lived two blocks away on the same street. Marsh died a short time after the shooting.

The case has been turned over to the Jefferson County District Attorney to determine if it is justifiable homicide.

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