Store Owner's Husband Won’t Face Charges for Camping Out, Shooting Armed Teen Burglar

After Edith Cole’s Batesville, MS store was broken into and robbed three times, her husband Farris decided to do something about it.

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Farris camped out in Cole’s Sundry Grocery Store “determined to catch them ‘cause he said he (wasn’t) gonna let it keep going on,” said Edith of her husband’s actions.


Sure enough, shortly before 5 am, Farris watched as two 17-year-olds who broke into his wife’s business, gaining access through a hole in the store’s ceiling.

When the teens began stealing candy, Farris drew his firearm and confronted the robbers, instructing the suspects to lie on the ground until police arrived.

Edith said one of the suspects began to fidget, reaching for something as he lay on the floor of the store.

“He said one of the guys kept trying to go in his pocket and he asked him, ‘What are you doing?’”

When the suspect refused to comply with Farris’ commands, he shot the 17-year-old.

“At first he said he thought he had killed them, but then he started hollering about, ‘You shot me in my ear,’” Cole’s wife said.

Farris’ instincts were dead on, the injured teen had been carrying a gun in his pocket and had been trying to draw it when he was shot. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injury.


Batesville police confirmed both teenagers are facing burglary charges, but Farris will not be charged in the incident.

“Do what you can protect your property. Not saying always do this, but do what you got to do to protect your property,” said Chief Deputy Kerry Pittman.

What do you think? Was this a great job by the store owner’s husband or a lucky break for a gun owner who could be facing criminal charges if the incident had gone awry?

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