In the wake of the home invasion and shooting involving an 82-year-old Jackson man, police are reminding residents of how to respond if they find themselves facing an intruder inside their homes.
Jackson Police Deputy Chief Eric Walls says, "Residents should call 9-1-1 first, they can't call us enough." Walls says one should never enter their home if they believe a burglar could be inside.
If you come in contact with an intruder and you're armed, police say avoid a confrontation if at all possible, but protect your family at all costs, which includes using deadly force.
"We are encouraging residents to create neighborhood watch programs to prevent burglaries, and get neighbors watching out for each other," says Walls.
If you do buy a gun to protect your person and property, police say it's a good idea to get training on how to use it. If a weapon is ever taken from you by an intruder, the best thing is to get away as fast as possible.
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