By NEMS Daily Journal
UPDATE – 1:58 p.m. – Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green released the name of the man killed in this morning’s shooting.
Brad Nance, 41, of Tupelo, was shot and killed early this morning while in the backyard of a house on Springdale Drive in Tupelo.
Police say the homeowner was acting in self defense when he shot Nance who police say the homeowner did not know or recognize.
UPDATE: 11 a.m. – Tupelo police are learning more details about the shooting that left one person dead today in the city.
Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes said the home owner was sleeping at a home that had two children in it and heard on noise on the deck. The homeowner opened a door and told the individual to leave at which point the homeowner said the other individual advanced toward the home. At that point the home owner fired a shotgun at the individual who was fatally wounded.
Police are saying the homeowner acted in self defense.
UPDATE 8:17 a.m.:
Tupelo Police Capt. Rusty Haynes said Thursday morning’s shooting is still under investigation but all evidence points to the home owner acting in self defense.
Haynes said the Springdale Drive homeowner engaged the now deceased man in or near his residence.
“Everything is indicative of the homeowner acting in self defense,” Haynes said. “But, we will let the grand jury decide that.”
The 911 call was made just after 5 a.m.
The identity of the deceased man is still unknown. He is described as being 5-feet 10-inches and 150 pounds in his 30s with brown hair and numerous tattoos.
Tupelo Police are investigating a shooting that has left one person dead Thursday morning. Police left the scene around 8 a.m.
A call came in at 5:15 a.m. of a shooting at Springdale Drive, according to Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green.
A white man was found dead with one shot to the chest. The man is 5 foot 10 inches and 150 pounds. The deceased had no identification on him.
Police are still investigating, but it appears a home owner was protecting their property.
The body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy.
More on this story as it is available.