Lauderdale County, Miss. A Lauderdale County home invasion quickly turned into a shootout between the residents and the intruder.
As many as nine gunshots were fired inside of a home in the 2300 block of Whitaker Road around 1 a.m. Friday. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun tells Newscenter 11 it all started when a man forced his way into the home, which was occupied by two people. The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a dark colored jacket with a hood and a red bandana over his face.
"We believe that it was a targeted situation," Calhoun points out. "In other words, it was not random. We believe that the individual knew the individuals that were in the residence. And that he was targeting one or both of those individuals."
Newscenter 11 spoke by phone with Will Wiggins, who says he lives at the home and exchanged gunfire with the individual in question. Wiggins says the suspect fired shots at his mother and came within a few short inches of hitting her in the head. Wiggins declined to be interviewed on-camera, but says he believes the suspect may have been hit by gunfire before fleeing the scene. At this time, Calhoun says deputies have not been able to determine a motive for the home invasion.
"The investigation is still ongoing," Calhoun tells us. "It is open, it is early in the investigation. We will continue to work on it and hope that someone in the community may have some information that they would like to come forward with."
Since investigators believe Wiggins home was specifically targeted, Calhoun says other residents living nearby should not fear for their safety or worry about being the victim of a home invasion.
"Of course, this particiular instance we have two individuals who were in bed, asleep when someone broke into their house," Calhoun explains. "However, they were prepared to defend themselves and they did so. And in this particular instance, neither one of the victim's were injured."
If you have any information that can help deputies with this investigation, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.