Homeowners cannot legally shoot someone who is trespassing on their property or breaking into a vehicle.
Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins made the statement during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the City’s Board of Aldermen.
“Don’t hurt anybody inside your car or on your property,” Collins said. “Call the police. Let us handle it.”
The question has come up multiple times in recent weeks as property owners are frustrated over burglary and attempted burglaries.
In addition to reporting to law enforcement, several Brookhaven residents have taken to social media to warn their neighbors and air their frustrations over the issue.