Homeowner beats man to death after being attacked

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - In north Jefferson County, investigators say a homeowner beat a man to death for trying to steal his gas. It happened at a home on Warrior Jasper Road.

The homeowner told deputies he heard something, went outside, and found 24-year-old Christopher Pugh trying to siphon gas.

According to the police report, Pugh attacked the homeowner with a knife and the homeowner fought back.

"It's awfully sad someone would lose their life over gasoline but when you attack someone with a knife I think that kind of response is warranted," said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

Deputies presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney's office, but charges are not expected to be filed against the homeowner.

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