Memphis man will not be charged for killing would-be burglar - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Blair Simmons

Memphis man will not be charged for killing would-be burglar

The shooting happened around 2:00 a.m. Thursday. The shooting happened around 2:00 a.m. Thursday.

A man was shot to death while trying to break into a Memphis couple's garage Thursday morning, authorities said.

Memphis Police said the suspect, Cloyd Turley, was attempting to break into a detached garage at a home on North Avalon around 2:00 a.m. Thursday.

When residents of the home were awakened by the disturbance, a male homeowner went outside to investigate, taking a gun with him.

Inside the garage, investigators said, the homeowner found Turley attempting to steal items.

Authorities said homeowner asked the man to stop. The suspect refused, and apparently then tried to attack the homeowner, according to neighbors, with a weed trimmer.

The homeowner then shot Turley.  He later died on the way to the hospital.

Neighbor Marilynn Bridgeforth said she heard the gunshots, but didn't find out what happened directly behind her house until later Thursday morning.

"I hear gunshots here a lot," she said.  "I don't get up to see what's going on."

Bridgeforth, who said crimes happen way too often in her neighborhood, said she recently experienced a similar terror.

"I was robbed the week of Christmas...the Friday after Christmas," she said.  "(I was) held at gunpoint, and I've been broken into twice."

Bridgeforth was relieved her neighbor stopped the would-be burglar.

"He shoulda shot him," she said. "He didn't have no business breaking in nobody's property, and if somebody break in mine, I'm gonna do the same thing.  I'll shoot him, too."

Late Thursday, the Shelby County District Attorney's office ruled the shooting was justified, and said the homeowner would not be charged for killing Turley.


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