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Two people shot during reported burglary

Jordan Mitchell and Melvin Atkins (Photo Source: SCSO) Jordan Mitchell and Melvin Atkins (Photo Source: SCSO)

Memphis police say a homeowner shot and killed two men Saturday morning following a burglary at his South Memphis home. 

The shooting happened in the 1800 block of Denison Street.

MPD says the homeowner came home and was confronted by two armed burglars, whom police later identified as 18-year-old Jordan Mitchell and 20-year-old Melvin Atkins.

Neighbor Shannon Nagel said, “He's probably about 75 or 80 years old, but they picked the right old man.”

Neighbors say the man who lives at the home is packing heat. They say he has a valid gun carry permit, and made use of it Saturday morning when he came home to find three armed burglars inside his house trying to make off with his valuables.

When Mitchell and Atkins confronted the homeowner, he warned them to stop coming towards him, but they refused. The homeowner then fired multiple shots at Mitchell and Atkins, hitting both of them.

A third burglar ran off after hearing the gunshots.

"They shouldn't have been trying to break in his house,” said Nagel.

Neighbors say a string of recent burglaries had everyone on the street ready.

“He said if he catches anybody in his house, he's going to kill you,” said Nagel.

WMC Action News 5 learned Jordan Mitchell has a prior criminal history. Records show he's been charged with aggravated robbery, felony theft, and has several others charges.

Though it's two lives taken, neighbors aren't losing any sleep over it.

"In my opinion, they got what they deserved,” said Nagel.

Saturday, several police cars were patrolling the neighborhood where the shooting happened.

No charges have been filed.

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