Police: Man fatally shot during burglary in Petal

Police: Man fatally shot during burglary in Petal
Detective Sammy Ray said Franklin Clark was fatally shot at the Eagles Nest apartments on Smith Street.

PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) - Petal police are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 30-year-old man early Sunday morning.

Detective Sammy Ray, with the Petal Police Department, said Franklin Clark was fatally shot at the Eagles Nest apartments on Smith Street.

Ray said officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the apartments at 5:38 a.m. According to investigators, Clark was involved in an “altercation” with another man during the burglary and was shot.

Original news release sent to WDAM by the Petal Police Department.
Original news release sent to WDAM by the Petal Police Department. (Source: Petal Police Department)

Petal Police Chief Matthew Hiatt said Clark forced his way into the apartment’s bedroom while the man was sleeping. Hiatt said Clark assaulted the man, who shot Clark after a struggle.

Clark was pronounced dead at the scene by Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.

Hiatt said the incident appears to be a domestic situation.

Ray said no arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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