‘I Work Hard For What I’ve Got. If You Come And Take It, There’s Consequences’: Homeowner Who Shot Armed Intruder Issues Warning

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by Joshua Ford | 24News

An Indianapolis homeowner shot an intruder who was breaking into his home. The intruder died as a result of the gunshot wound.

An Indianapolis homeowner warns others who may decide to break into someone’s home.

Homeowner Howard Murphy said, “I hate that it happened. I hope these other guys learn a lesson from it.”


“If not, there’s plenty of spots over in Crown Hill,” Murphy said. Crown Hill is a cemetery across the way.

Murphy heard the intruder and came downstairs.

“He took a video game system and threw it at me, and after that, shots rang out,” Murphy told the station.

The intruder was struck, ran up the stairs, and died as a result of the gun wound.

Murphy was questioned and released by the police.

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Murphy was unsure whether 64-year-old Steve Sheppard, Jr. — the man he fatally shot — was involved in the prior break-in, WANE said.

“I don’t go out looking for trouble,” Murphy noted to WANE. “I mind my own business.”


He shot intruder in 2014

Citing police reports, WANE said it wasn’t the first time Murphy shot someone who broke into his home.

The station said police were called to the same address in November 2014 after an intruder kicked in his door.

“He took a gamble thinking I wasn’t there, and I happened to be there,” Murphy told WANE at the time.

He added to the station that he shot the intruder in the leg: “He reached for something. I don’t know if it was a sledgehammer, but he reached for something and was getting ready to strike me, and that’s when shots were fired.”

The wounded man ran off, WANE said, adding that he was eventually convicted of breaking into Murphy’s home — and Murphy was cleared of any wrongdoing.


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