Suspected burglar shot by MPD officer identified; fiancee says 'he's sorry'

Suspected burglar shot by MPD officer identified; fiancee says 'he's sorry'

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - Southaven Police Department released the identity of the man an off-duty Memphis police officer shot on Monday.

Investigators said David Clinton Praytor, 36, was trying to break into a Southaven home around 12:45 p.m.

Inside that home, Officer Brian Falatko was spending time with his family.

Investigators said Officer Falatko pulled out his gun and shot Praytor when Praytor kicked in the back door.

Praytor was treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital and Regional Medical Center. He is currently being held at Shelby County Jail without bond.

Praytor's fiancée, Pamela Hale, is standing by her man. She said she cannot understand his behavior.

"He told me last night he's sorry," Hale said.

Despite this, Praytor's past includes a criminal history that dates back to 2004.

Praytor's past charges include aggravated robbery, driving under the influence, theft of property, disorderly conduct and possession of a controlled substance.

"He's changed since then and the first time it happened there was another guy involved," Hale said. "The guy broke into his own mom's house."

Praytor was even has a prior aggravated burglary charge. In 2013, police said he broke into a Memphis home and stole items, including a laptop.

"His main job slowed down," Hale said. "His mom got less than two months to live, so he was trying to get money together to go see her before she passes. That isn't going to happen now."

Southaven Police Department is still investigating the case. If you have any information about the attempted burglary, call DeSoto County Crime Stoppers at 662-429-TIPS (8477) or the Southaven Police Department at 662-393-8652.

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