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Off duty officer fires shot at man coming through bathroom window

Jeremy Scott (SOURCE: Bartlett PD) Jeremy Scott (SOURCE: Bartlett PD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis police officer found herself in a split second decision making situation in her home.

The officer said she was home with her 13-year-old daughter and heard a loud boom coming from the bathroom. When she went to investigate the noise, she found a wood log in the middle of her bathroom and a man trying to get in the house through the bathroom window. 

"To come through the window like that, the bathroom window. It's not even that big," one neighbor said.

The officer grabbed her gun and fired a shot at the man, who was already halfway through the window.

The burglar, identified as Jeremy Scott, ran away from the home. Moments later officers found him lying in a driveway two blocks from the off duty officer's home.

Officers said the man was screaming "God is coming back and I was trying to let people know."

When officers tried to put Scott in the police car and place him under arrest, he began resisting and screaming uncontrollably, according to the police affidavit. 

"The defendant also had dilated pupils and was acting in a way one does while on hallucinating narcotics," according to the affidavit. "The defendant was a danger to himself and others."

While inside the police cruiser, he kicked the rear interior door panel multiple times, causing approximately $500 worth of damage. 

The officer said she did what she felt she had to do to protect herself and her home. Neighbors agree with her decision.

"That's the only way you can make sure you're protected and he's leaving," another neighbor said.

The officer was relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation, but she has since been able to return back to work. 

When we asked police what residents should do if this happened to them, they said to get somewhere safe and call police.

Residents in the neighborhood said it is a safe area, but now they are looking over their shoulder a little bit more.

Scott is charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, and vandalism over $500.

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