It was self-defense

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD D’Iberville police investigate the scene of a shooting that resulted in a death.


A man who shot and killed an assailant at his home fired in self-defense, police said, and has not been charged.

Evidence indicates the homeowner was defending himself against Paul Mahaffey, 37, of Biloxi, who was acting in “a jealous rage” when he went to the man’s home and confronted him Thursday around 6:45 a.m., police Capt. Keith Davis said.

“The deceased was dating an ex-girlfriend of the homeowner,” Davis said.

Police said the homeowner was getting ready for work when he heard a knock on the door.

The man told police Mahaffey hit him in the head with a hammer so he got a weapon to defend himself.

The man, whom police would not identify, was injured and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He lives in the 10300 block of Lemoyne.

Mahaffey was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davis said two prosecutors met first-responders at the house.

The District Attorney’s Office will present the evidence to a grand jury. Homicides that may be deemed justifiable are typically presented to a grand jury for resolution.

“We feel it was self-defense,” Davis said.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Mahaffey died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

The homeowner’s residence is hidden from the road by trees. Police said they found Mahaffey’s car parked on a dirt turn-around that couldn’t be seen from the house.

Crime-scene technicians spent the morning gathering evidence.

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