On Wednesday, March 13, WHNT reported on what’s believed to have been an attempted burglary in Albertville, Alabama, about 50 miles southeast of Huntsville. However, the burglar was met by the homeowner who was armed with a shotgun. The homeowner called 911 after shooting the intruder with a single shot that killed him.
The community doesn’t normally see a lot of criminal activity, as it’s in a rural area and the house on a dead-end street, but the homeowner admits he has had “problems” with the house for some time now. Although he did not elaborate on what those problems were.
When authorities arrived, they found the intruder, who was identified as 41-year-old Jamison Lynn Lacey, in the basement of the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Lacey has had several run-ins with police in the past and has been suspected in burglaries before. He was also arrested in December and again just last week for theft.
Alabama has a castle law, which allows homeowners to use potentially deadly force to protect their lives or their property without fear of prosecution or being sued.
Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith states:
“Your home is your castle; you can only retreat so far as your home… 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?”
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