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Neighbor Uses Revolver To Take Down Accused Prowler

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - An accused prowler was hospitalized with a hole in his shoulder after a homeowner refused to become a victim.

"There's nothing to hide.  He did nothing wrong," said attorney Thomas Parkerson of his client Milton Heath.

Heath declined to comment publicly about the incident until police finish their investigation.

Parkerson said Heath was getting ready for his morning walk when he spotted a prowler trying to break into his home. 

Heath grabbed his .22-caliber revolver and confronted the man. Parkerson said Heath told the man to keep his hands up, but when the man went for his pocket, Heath shot him.

The suspect, who parked his car in the driveway next door, was rushed to Vanderbilt Univeristy Medical Center. 

Detectives are now trying to determine if the shooting was justified.

"We actually look to see what the suspect was doing and what exactly did the resident feel ... what was his perception of the situation when he pulled the trigger," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department.  

Evans said citizens are entitled to defend themselves if they fear for their lives.

"We're hopeful this is considered a self-defense issue and I am sure it will be," said Parkerson.

The shooting incident occurred across the street from Mitchell Neilsen school, but police said there was never any danger to the children attending summer school.

The burglary suspect will be taken to the Rutherford County Jail after his release from Vanderbilt. His name was not immediately released.

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