Sheriff: Jones County man retaliates on intruder

Sheriff: Jones County man retaliates on intruder

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - On Thursday, Jones County Sheriff's responded to the residence of Derrick Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth told authorities that Betram Duane Meritt had broken into his residence after crashing his vehicle into his child's picnic table outside of their home.

According to Hollingsworth, Meritt got out of his vehicle and busted down the front door of his home carrying a large knife.

Hollingsworth said Meritt was screaming the name of a woman who did not live there.

Hollingsworth told authorities that Meritt began to search his home.  Hollingsworth said Meritt even looked into the bedroom of his sleeping 4-year-old son.

After Meritt inspected the home and returned to his vehicle, Hollingsworth retaliated.

Hollingsworth took a hammer and busted through the driver's window of Meritt's car. He then struck Meritt in the head and face with the hammer until he ran into a wooded area.

When deputies arrived on scene, Meritt came out of the woods and needed medical attention.

He was taken into custody and received care for his wounds, according to Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge.

Merritt's bond was set at $5,000.