Dead Burglar Had Been on Crime Spree, Police Say


The burglar who was shot and killed by a shop owner likely sneaked onto the property through a hole in a chain link fence that is topped by barbed wire, authorities said Friday.

Frank Justice, the 72-year-old owner of Justice Auto Sales, was sleeping inside his business and heard the prowler, said Sgt. Perry Tindall of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Justice grabbed his revolver when he heard the door rattle and glass break about 2:15 a.m. Friday at the used car lot at 5821 U.S.

Highway 61/67, Tindall said. The owner confronted the burglar at the door, then fired two shots. The burglar staggered back and fell in the parking area outside, Tindall said.

He died at the scene.

Tindall said the shop owner called police and was cooperating with investigators. He was not in
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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.


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