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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