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Coroner’s office employee who shot burglar, 31, dead during home invasion likely WON’T face charges

Coroner’s office employee who shot armed burglar, 31, dead during home invasion likely WON’T face charges because he acted in self defense

  • Walter Williams, 31, was identified as the burglary suspect fatally shot Tuesday 
  • Pascagoula Police Chief said Wednesday: ‘This gentleman came home and caught a burglar in his house. The burglar produced a gun and shots were fired’
  • Homeowner isn’t expected to face criminal charges for the bedroom shooting 
  • Mississippi man who fatally shot Williams is an employee of Jackson County coroner’s office and his name wasn’t released as he hasn’t been charged
  • Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd said a Harrison County Coroner was called in to examine the body to avoid any potential conflict of interest 
  • Evidence will be handed to a grand jury so they can determine if any criminal wrongdoing occurred
  • Williams was a suspect in several burglaries in the city 

Walter Williams, 31, was identified as the burglary suspect fatally shot Tuesday

Walter Williams, 31, was identified as the burglary suspect fatally shot Tuesday

A Mississippi homeowner who fatally shot an armed burglar during a home invasion isn’t expected to face criminal charges, authorities said.

Walter Williams, 31, was identified as the suspect fatally shot on Tuesday, Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed Wednesday.

Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd said Switzer was called in to examine the body to avoid any potential conflict of interest. 

The homeowner is an employee of the Jackson County coroner’s office, the SunHerald reported. 

WLOX added that the shooter was in the process of becoming a deputy coroner after his role of helping out with transport in the department.

The employee’s name wasn’t released as he hasn’t yet been charged with a crime. 

But as an autopsy on Williams is pending, the homeowner is not expected to be charged.

Authorities said Williams was a suspect in several burglaries in the city.  

Williams died at the scene of the home (pictured) on Nathan Hale Avenue in Pascagoula, Mississippi  after a coroner's office employee allegedly found him burglarizing the property

Williams died at the scene of the home (pictured) on Nathan Hale Avenue in Pascagoula, Mississippi  after a coroner’s office employee allegedly found him burglarizing the property

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer was called in to examine the body to avoid any potential conflict of interest

Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd passed on the task as he's a colleague of the shooter

Jackson County Coroner Bruce Lynd (right) said Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer (left) was called in to examine the body to avoid any potential conflict of interest

Pascagoula Police Chief Matt Chapman said on Tuesday the homeowner found Williams, who was armed, burglarizing the house on Nathan Hale Avenue around 11.40am. 

The homeowner pulled out his weapon and fatally shot Williams in a bedroom of the home, authorities said.

‘This gentleman came home and caught a burglar in his house,’ Chapman said Wednesday. ‘The burglar produced a gun and shots were fired.

The police chief said the suspect ‘fell behind the bed’.

Emergency services were called at 11.44am.

‘This gentleman was defending himself in his home,’ Chapman added. 

Chapman said evidence will be handed to a grand jury so they can determine if any criminal wrongdoing occurred.

Anyone with relevant information can call 228-762-2211 to report it. 

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