Memphis man shoots, kills would be robber

(WMC-TV) - A North Memphis man is recovering after turning a gun on an attempted robbery suspect who knocked on his door shortly before 5:00 a.m. Saturday.

Roosevelt Maggett said he is lucky to be alive.

"He grabbed me," said Maggett.  "He said, 'I'm going to kill you.'"

Maggett, who is fighting throat cancer, said chemotherapy and radiation did not leave him too weak to fight off the would be robber.  He said the suspect knocked on the door, pushed him over a chair and tried to choke him to death.

Maggett then turned the gun on the suspect, shooting and killing him inside.

"I just seen him laying across the fish tank, and I just dialed 911," said friend Velma Givens.  "I didn't know what else to do."

"I guess the good Lord gave me strength to get him up off me so I got away from him," said Maggett.

Maggett returned to his home from the hospital Saturday morning.

"We're already going through some trials right now with his cancer, and now that thing done swelled up on his neck, and now we don't know what to do," said Givens.

Maggett credited his faith for getting him through the encounter.

"I lowered the gun down and I think I hit him, I guess," he said.  "Because the only thing I know is he fell over like that."

As family and friends helped to clean up Maggett's ransacked house, they said they are thankful Maggett is alive.

"Everything he tore up we can replace, but we wouldn't be able to replace him," said Givens.

Memphis police said no charges have been filed in this case.  They said more information will likely be released Sunday.

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