Phillip Burgess, 33, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted criminal homicide.
LEWISBURG, Tenn. – A 48-year-old man was killed and a teenage boy injured in a shooting Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex in Lewisburg, in southern Middle Tennessee.
Lewisburg police responded to the Martin Street Apartments located in the 200 block of Martin Street around 1 p.m. to find Joey Perryman and a 15-year-old male with a gunshot wounds.
Both victims were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where Perryman later died.
The juvenile victim has since been treated and released.
Witnesses identified the shooter as a white male who left the scene in a blue Ford Explorer.
The Explorer was located short distance away and its driver, Phillip Burgess, taken into custody for questioning.
During a subsequent interview, Burgess, 33, admitted to shooting the victims but said he did so in self defense.
Burgess stated while dropping off mail to his former roommate, a resident at the apartment complex, four individuals including his former roommate attempted to rob him.
Through their investigation, detectives determined the Perryman and the juvenile victim were in an apartment with Jeanette Belew and another juvenile boy, age 13. Belew and Burgees previously lived together.
According to the victims, Burgess came to the residence, entered the front door and opened fire.
The 13-year-old juvenile stated Burgess fired a shot at him but he was able to escape uninjured.
Belew was in the bathroom at the time and not injured, police said.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
Burgess was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted criminal homicide and booked into the Marshall County jail.
Police said additional charges are pending.
Burgess is scheduled to appear in a Marshall County courtroom next month.