Range test confirms Joyner neighborhood shooting

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Continued police investigation into the shooting death of a Tupelo man in the Joyner neighborhood last Thursday shows the shooting took place at close range.
Police responded to a 911 call around 5 a.m. June 6 to find 41-year-old Brad Nance shot and killed on the back porch of a Springdale Drive house, just a few doors down from his own home.
Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes said they were told the resident, who was renting the 1208 Springdale Drive house, was awoken by a noise on the deck shortly before 5 a.m.
Police say the man, who’s name has not been released, allegedly opened a door and told Nance to leave at which point he said Nance advanced toward him. At that point the resident fired a .410 shotgun at Nance, who was fatally wounded.
Range tests done by Tupelo Police detectives show Nance was within four to six feet of the resident when he was shot near the home’s back door.
“That is a really close shot and further confirms the resident was acting in self-defense,” Haynes said.
Detectives are still waiting on an official autopsy and toxicology report from the state crime lab in Jackson.
Haynes said they believe the resident was acting within his rights and have not filed charges but will present the evidence to the grand jury. He has not said when that will be, but the next Lee County grand jury will meet in mid-July.
jb.clark@journalinc.com