A pair of burglars broke into a man’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, and the crime ultimately cost them their lives.
The homeowner, who has asked to remain anonymous, told police he returned home from the barber shop at around 7 p.m. on Friday and found his door pried open. Moments later, he was face-to-face with two burglars inside his home.
The suspects reportedly pulled out firearms when they saw the homeowner, prepared to shoot. The homeowner said one of the criminal’s guns jammed, but the other one fired.
Realizing his life was in danger, the homeowner did what he had to do to retrieve his AK-47 rifle.
"I'm assuming they were trying to go out of my back door, so as they go through there I jumped in the closet and get my AK-47,” he told Local Memphis.
He found both men on his patio and witnessed one of them allegedly aiming at his cousin. "So I just let loose," the man explained.
Both suspects, identified by police as 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon and 17-year-old Demond Robinson, were both fatally wounded. Police have reviewed the man’s home surveillance footage and determined no charges will be filed against the homeowner.
The homeowner expressed regret that the men died, but he told WMC-TV that it was either him or them.
"These boys need their father and need some type of discipline," he added. “They’re out here without any fear."
It's actually not the first time that there has been a shooting during a crime-in-progress at the man's home.
"I don't know what's going on but I know I'm going to defend my life to the best of my ability," he explained.