Police: Shooting Of Home Intruder Was Self-Defense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Police said a Nashville man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a convicted felon who forced his way into his apartment in south Nashville.
Police said 35-year-old Michael Shane Martin was killed late Wednesday night at the Brentridge apartment complex off Bell Road.
Investigators said Michael Moffitt and his girlfriend, Caycee Albright, heard a knock at their door around 11 p.m. and Moffitt found the door peephole was covered. He told Albright to call police while he got an AR-15 rifle and opened the door once he saw it was uncovered.
Police said Martin charged in with a semi-automatic pistol and wearing a mask and gloves. Moffitt was shoved into an interior wall and opened fired, killing Martin.
A second masked man seen on the backside of the apartment building fled when he heard the gunshots. Police continue their efforts to identify him.
Albright said she knew Martin through friends and police think he might have come to rob Moffitt of his guns. Moffitt is a firearms enthusiast and had legal weapons in his apartment.
Albright was found to have an outstanding warrant charging her with leaving the scene of a property damage accident last year. She was arrested and released after posting a $5,000 bond.
Martin was convicted of six felony drug counts last November and received a seven-year probated sentence.