Man in critical condition after suspects invade home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man in critical condition after suspects dressed in work uniforms invade home

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A man was in critical condition Monday after suspects dressed in Cablevision uniforms tried to force their way into the home.

Memphis Police got the call at 11:11 a.m. Monday that two men forced their way into a home on Dee Ann Drive.

"They were wearing tan shirts acting as if they were some type of workers," said Major Anthony Berryhill with the Memphis Police Department, "company workers coming to do some kind of work at his home."

The man inside unlocked the door for them where Berryhill said a struggle ensued.

The suspects shot the victim once in the upper left shoulder and once in the back.

"The victim apparently tried to flee after he had broken away from the suspects," said Berryhill.  "He was shot and collapsed in his front yard, right on the curb."

The victim was home alone when it happened.

Maurice Alexander, a neighbor, said the incident had him on edge.

"It makes me nervous," Alexander said.  "Real nervous."

Alexander did not see what happened but is worried.  His children play near that home.

"He's been having some work done on his house," Alexander said.

Alexander believes the victim could have mistaken them for workers when he opened the door.

"We've been really proud we hadn't had any major incidents over here," Alexander said.

Berryhill said the most difficult part for police is the victim was in surgery all day Monday and was too hurt to talk.  They do not know if anything was taken yet.

"Investigators will remain at the hospital until we can talk to him further," Berryhill said.

The home is owned by Marcus Triplett, but police have not said if he is the victim.

The victim is expected to recover.

Police are looking for two African-American men wearing tan uniforms and driving a small, burgundy SUV.

If you have any information that can help police, please call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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