Suspect Charged in Home Invasion

The shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. Jan. 30 at a house on Oak Street in Forest. Police Chief Robert Roncali says two teens tried to break into the house. The owner fired shots.

"Just as he went to the door, the door was pushed in. At this time, this male raised a gun up and when he did, the Hispanic that lived there at the residence shot four times. Hitting him three," said Forest Police Chief Robert Roncali.

17-year-old Derek Fickland of Carthage died on the scene. Following the shots, the chief says his accomplice took off running.

"He ran about 100 yards and believe it or not, he called 911 himself," said Roncali.

That suspect is 17-year-old Louis Pedro. He is now charged with attempted robbery.

"He admitted to us that they went to rob this family," Roncali said. "In fact, in interrogating him, there was a time that he was smiling and he didn't appear to have been on drugs or anything. It's unreal."

Roncali said the occupant of the home, whose name he did not release, is not being charged with wrongdoing. Mississippi's "Castle Doctrine" law allows persons to use deadly force to stop an intruder into their home.

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  • by Puzzled on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    I agree if he were White he would not have said the White that lived there.... he would have said the man or woman,the male or female that lived there....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    Some people just look for something to whine about.
  • by John Boy Location: Meridian on Feb 6, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    That's what you get for breaking into someone elses home.
  • by anonymous Location: meridian on Feb 6, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    Why was the victim identified by his race? Why was it relevent to the story? Was he victimized because of his race? The race of the perpetrators wasn't given, only the victim.
  • by anonymous Location: meridian on Feb 6, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Why was the occupant of the house identified as a Hispanic? What did that have to do with the story? The race of the intruders wasn't mentioned. Was he victimized because he was Hispanic? I don't understand why that was relevent to the story.
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