Tupelo shooting death ruled self-defense

By Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Bradley Wayne Nance’s shooting death June 6 outside a Tupelo residence was “justifiable homicide,” a Lee County grand jury report reveals.

Nance, 41, died from a .410-gauge shotgun wound just a few doors down from his Springdale Drive home in the Joyner neighborhood.

The grand jury said it “conducted an inquiry” into Nance’s shooting death and concluded “the proof … was consistent with justifiable homicide in self-defense.”

The report was issued Monday.

A Tupelo police report after the shooting stated that a renter at 1208 Springdale and his two children were sleeping when the man heard a noise on his deck shortly before 5 a.m.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, told them he opened a door and warned Nance to leave, at which point he claimed Nance advanced on him.

While the men were neighbors, they were not familiar with each other, authorities said.

Friends later described Nance as “kind and gentle soul” and expressed confusion that he might have seemed threatening to someone else.

patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com