Detectives say they are investigating a home invasion that happened in the 1900 block of 26th Avenue in Meridian around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Officials say it appears that two men, wearing masks and dressed in black clothing, and armed with handguns attempted to enter the occupied residence. The MPD says the occupants resisted and gunfire was exchanged between the two parties.
During a struggle between a resident and and intruder over a gun, a female bystander was seriously injured when she was stuck by a bullet in the upper thigh. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where she had undergo emergency surgery. Her identity is being withheld.
26-year-old Marcus McClellan and Aldrick D. Carpenter have both been charged with burglary, breaking and entering a dwelling. The charge carries a $75,0000 bond.
After being processed at the Meridian Police Departments both suspects will be transferred to the Lauderdale County Detention Facility to await further legal and/or bonding actions. Investigators say they believe that drugs and money were the motives for the attempted home invasion.
Additional charges of aggravated assault could be filed for the injury to the injured female. Police say the case against McClellan and Carpenter will be presented to the August 2010 term of the Lauderdale County grand jury.