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Homeowner Shoots, Kills Car Burglar

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A young man is shot to death after he allegedly burglarized a car in a northwest Jackson neighborhood. 

Police say the homeowner caught the burglar in the act and opened fire.

We've learned that the victim's name is Quadarius Thomas. He was 20 years old.

It happened early this morning in Lakeover subdivision in the driveway of a house on Tanglewood Cove, just off Tanglewood Drive.

Neighbors tell us the homeowner, whose identity police have not confirmed, fired five shots at Thomas, who had allegedly broken into the man's car. Thomas died later at a local hospital.

 According to one homeowner, in the past six months, 30 auto and residential burglaries have been reported in the neighborhood, including six break-ins in the wee hours of Friday before the deadly shooting. One of those targeted was Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis. A window was busted out of the sheriff's truck.

Investigators took a statement from the man who shot Thomas. At this point he hasn't been charged with a crime. Police say he's shielded from prosecution under the state's castle doctrine.

That law gives a homeowner the right to use deadly force to protect their property from thieves. 

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