Shots Fired in Home Invasion

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.

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  • by just JANE Location: the park on May 19, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    VICKY you act as if jackson had never seen anything like this! please! Jackson is WORSE than MERIDIAN! drug deals gone down in daycare parking lots! come on vicky. meridian residents are just careless and get caught... i know plenty of people in jackson who have F'd up and done CRAZY things. Do not diss meridian.. because every town is the same way! i've lived here for 21 years and im fine! these residents should try locking their door... or getting an alarm system! im not saying it should come to that but we all know criminals will be criminals! and hoenstly, go back to jackson.. start reading their news... take a brisk walk outside one night, sit in a daycare parking lot and then tell me what you think! its not the smell of roses i tell you that!
  • by Mary Jane Location: gun safety class on May 19, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU BUBBA! i mean seriously? yay resident for being a dumb___ and shoting the wrong person! if you dont know what you are doing BACK UP! this is why every young adult at the appropriate age should take gun safety and shooting lessons! otherwise someone will get injured! im sorry the house was invaded by stupid kids for drugs and i will keep the victims in my prayers... i will also pray that they take the opportunity to learn more about these weapons being used against them and learn how to defend themselves in a more proper way that doesnt lead to injury of a bystander AND AMEN!
  • by Mac on May 19, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    Well done. I wish more home owners would stand up like this. Some people teach to give them whatever they want. I say if you have access to a weapon and the ability to resist, get it on. Criminals usually go for places they see as easy targets with little resistance. Show them that there are no easy targets and they might reconsider beforehand. If not, they can can enjoy a nice cold slab on which to sleep.
  • by RedLine Citizen Location: Meridian on May 19, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Until home owners start placing a lot of dead bodies out for the police to pick-up this will continue to happen. I believe in kill or be killed!!!! The people who was caught, if found guilty, should be shot just like they shot the home owner!!!
  • by MARION Location: MERIDIAN on May 19, 2010 at 06:44 AM
  • by Bubba Location: still cleaning my gun on May 18, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    The wrong person was shot. I pray for the safe recovery of the young lady that was injuried in this incident. It is sad when a person can not enjoy the safety of their home.
  • by vicky Location: meridian on May 18, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    I am shocked by the crime here in Meridian. I am from North Jackson Ms. I can not believe the amount of violent crimes in this small city. Since we moved her just 6 months ago, there have been murders in broad daylight, bodies dumped in ditches , and now occupied home invasions. As soon as our lease is up we are out of here, if not sooner!
  • by Armed Homeowner on May 18, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    That,s what I'm talking about give them what they deserve.Hot lead and a cold grave.
  • by john Location: mdn on May 18, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Good job home owners.
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