RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Rankin County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene of what could have been a home invasion had the owner of the home not fired at the suspect three times.
Tuesday afternoon Gwen Freeman, who lives on Tara Road, heard a man breaking into her back door when she grabbed the gun and started shooting.
The suspect fled and deputies are searching for culprit.
William Lindsey, Freeman's uncle, said his niece recognized the man.
"She had seen him before. He was beating on the window one night. She was close to the dryer; pulled the curtain back and startled him, too, so his eyes got big so they were face to face there for a few seconds and she recognized him and when she saw him through the back door she saw him again and she knew it was the same guy," said Lindsey.
Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington tells WLBT News a man was picked up for questioning, but released.
Pennington said deputies will remain in the area searching for a 6-foot tall, dark skinned man with short hair. He was wearing brown or khaki pants and a white shirt.
Families on that street tell WLBT they have been terrorized by a black male for the past month and claim he is the one who was breaking into the home Tuesday. They have formed a neighborhood watch group.
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