Castle Doctrine at work in MS
A man who shot and killed a 17-year-old Saturday during an attempted robbery at his Forest home won't be charged, police said.
Derrick Ficklin, 17, of Carthage and another teenager allegedly tried to rob the unidentified homeowner.
The shooting occurred around 9:20 p.m. in the 500 block of Oak Street.
The resident heard a loud knock at the door and answered it while carrying a gun, Forest Police Chief Robert Roncali said.
As the resident opened the door, Ficklin pushed his way inside with a pistol in hand, Roncali said.
Roncali said the resident fired four shots, hitting Ficklin twice in the chest and once in the leg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Roncali said the man will not be charged because he shot Ficklin in self defense.
Police said Luis Pedro, 17, of Carthage was Ficklin's accomplice. Pedro fled on foot but was picked up by Forest police about 100 yards from the home, Roncali said.
Pedro is charged with attempted armed robbery and is being held at the Scott County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
Roncali said Pedro confessed to police he and Ficklin were planning to rob the resident. He said they targeted the home because the resident is Latino.
"It's widely known that some immigrants don't use the banks because they're here illegally, so they keep their money at home," Roncali said
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