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Homeowner shoots armed teenage invader on his roof
The fact that the dead perpetrator was born only 16 years ago is irrelevant; self-defense comes first.

Originally ran here as:
Body of shot teen-ager identified
The Tennessean, March 9, 2001

A teen-ager found shot to death behind a north Nashville home has been identified as James T. Martin, 16, of the 3200 block of Hinkle Drive.

His body was discovered in the rear of 1526 23rd Ave. N. shortly before noon Wednesday. Martin was a student at Whites Creek High School, police said.

Investigators give this account:

On Tuesday about 7 p.m., two men walked up to Herbert E. Blount, 48, of 1528 23rd Ave. N., and said they wanted to talk.

At the same time, Blount saw someone on the roof of his home pointing a gun at him. Blount, who was armed, shot at the person on the roof and then went inside. When he looked out the front door, he saw two men running down 23rd Avenue North.

Blount's mother said she heard the gunfire and also heard someone running on the roof.

Blount said he didn't call police Tuesday because he didn't think his shot had hit anyone.

Blount later talked to police about Tuesday's events and turned over his pistol, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. A gun and blood were found on Blount's roof.

No charges have been placed against Blount. The case is being forwarded to the district attorney's office for review.

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