Crime

Man shot at 2 burglars as they forced their way into Moss Point home, police say. One is dead.

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Michael Richardson woke up Monday to a loud noise in his garage and grabbed a handgun, believing someone was trying to break into his house, Police Chief Brandon Ashley said.

Richardson went to the front door at his home on Frederick Street and heard someone outside say: “Nobody’s home,” he told police.

The front door burst open in front of Richardson and he opened fire, shooting the two suspects as they ran inside toward him, Ashley said.

Titus Kelly Jr., 18, of Ocean Springs, fell near the home’s entrance and was pronounced dead by Acadian Ambulance, Ashley said.

The other suspect fled. Police soon learned someone in a gray Toyota Camry had dropped off 19-year-old Antonio Jackson at Singing River Hospital. Jackson, of Gulfport, had gunshot wounds to his chest, Ashley said.

Jackson underwent surgery and was taken by a medical helicopter to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama. His condition was listed as serious, Ashley said.

Police had been notified of gunshots about 8:03 a.m. at Richardson’s home in the 4600 block of Frederick Street, near McCall Street, he said. The area is just south of East Park Elementary School.

No charges have been filed against Richardson, Ashley said.

The investigation continues, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Kimberlee Snowden or the Moss Point Police Department at 228-475-1711 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-787-5898.

Police have reported at least six homicides since January.

In the most high-profile homicide, one man was killed and two were wounded in a home invasion during a Super Bowl party. The armed robbery and burglary were on Bellview Street.

That shooting, said to be gang-related, drew comments on safety issues and pleas for witness cooperation from concerned citizens in a meeting at City Hall in March.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

Moss Point Mayor Mario King called a press conference to address the increasing violent crimes in his city. Residents packed the building to support him, one resident said the “senseless violence” is out of hand.

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