Elderly Tullahoma man won’t be charged in shooting death of teen

Elderly Tullahoma man won't be charged in shooting death of teen (Image 1)
Elderly Tullahoma man won't be charged in shooting death of teen (Image 1)

A 73-year-old man who fired shots at a teenager and his uncle after the pair allegedly tried to enter his home will not face charges.

Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne announced Friday Nicholas Dipietrantio opened fire at 17-year-old Austin Ferrell and 38-year-old George Taylor in self defense.

The fatal shooting occurred at a duplex located in the 500 block of West Grundy Street on the night of October 1.

Police previously said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between the neighbors and that Dipietrantio fired shots after he heard the glass in his front door shatter.

“However, even if there was no entry, the evidence supports a finding that Mr. Dipietrantonio, and another member of the household, honestly held a reasonable belief of imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury, die to past and continuing expressions of hostility and the smashing of the front door,” Layne said in a statement.

Ferrell sustained a gunshot wound to his chest.  He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Taylor was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for a wound to his shoulder.  

Tullahoma school officials said Ferrell was a senior at Tullahoma High School in good standing prior to his death.  He was on track to graduate this year.

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