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Elderly homeowner shoots home invader, after robbery, assault

Kentucky State Police investigating death in Graves County. Two Mayfield residents arrested following incident in which trio entered home for purpose of robbing elderly homeowner. After forcing their way into the residence, the three suspects robbed and assaulted the elderly homeowner, law enforcement alleges. The homeowner then shot one of the three Timothy Roper, who died as a result of a single gunshot into his upper torso
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By Senior Trooper Jody Cash, Public Information Officer
Kentucky State Police Post One, Mayfield, KY

MAYFIELD, KY - (Tue 7 Nov 2017) - As part of the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Timothy D. Roper, Kentucky State Police have arrested two Mayfield residents.

The ongoing investigation has revealed that immediately prior to the shooting, Timothy Roper, Miranda Murphy, and Joshua White arrived at a residence on McNeil Road in Boaz, Kentucky for the purpose of robbing the homeowner. After forcing their way into the residence, the suspects robbed and assaulted the elderly homeowner. The homeowner then shot Timothy Roper.

Preliminary autopsy results confirmed Timothy Roper died as a result of a single gunshot wound to his upper torso.

At approximately 8:20pmCT, today, Kentucky State Police arrested Miranda K. Murphy, age 32, and Joshua A. White, age 28, both of Mayfield, Kentucky. Both were charged with Complicity to Commit First Degree Burglary and Complicity to Commit First Degree Robbery and were lodged in the Graves County Jail. Miranda K. Murphy was also charged with First Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

The investigation is continuing by Detective David Dick. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.<

This story was posted on 2017-11-07 20:48:20
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