Albertville Police Identify Man Shot By Homeowner

Posted on: 11:52 am, March 13, 2013, by , updated on: 03:11pm, March 14, 2013

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Investigators do not expect charges to be filed against a homeowner who shot and killed a suspected burglar at his home Tuesday evening.

Officers responded to a call about a gunshot wound on Abbott Road just before 9 p.m., and Assistant Chief Jamie Smith said the homeowner made the call to report the shooting.

“We are in the early stages of the investigation, but right now we’re treating it as a burglary and the homeowner defending his property,” Smith said.

Police have identified the burglary suspect as 41-year-old Jamison Lynn Lacey.  His last known address was 202 Asbury Road in Albertville.

Investigators will present their findings to a grand jury but don’t expect an indictment.

“Your home is your castle, you can only retreat so far as your home,” Smith said.

“I’m sure at the time he felt he was in danger so he took what action he thought he needed to take at the time to protect himself…  You can back away from anything but home is as far backwards as you can go.  At what point do you leave your house to let them have it?

“If that’s even a question, and in my mind, it wouldn’t be,” he said.

Investigators said the homeowner fired just one shot with his shotgun, and Smith said he is sure this will be viewed as a victory for people in the pro-gun crowd.

“Things like this probably happen every day and fortunately it doesn’t happen every day in our county or neighborhood.  I’m a supporter of the second amendment and you do what you’ve got to do and you use what tools are necessary,” Smith said.

Police said they were familiar with the suspected burglar, Lacey, from previous investigations.  Albertville Police arrested him last week for first-degree theft of property, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Lacey in December for theft.

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  • Albertville police said the owner of this home on Abbott Road shot and killed a burglar. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Officers responded just before 9 p.m. to a call about a gunshot wound. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Investigators said the homeowner made the call to report shooting an intruder. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Police said evidence indicates the homeowner acted in self-defense. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Investigators will submit their findings to the next grand jury, but do not expect charges to be filed against the homeowner. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Police said they are familiar with the burglar from previous criminal investigations. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Marshall County Coronor Marlon Killion arrives at the home on Abbott Road in Albertville. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Marshall County Coroner Marlon Killion (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Investigators took photographs of a Ford F-150 parked in the driveway by the west side of the house. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • Officers removed it around 11 p.m. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

  • A tow truck hauled the truck away as part of the ongoing investigation. (Photo by Robert Richardson, WHNT News 19)

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