Troy student was searching for lost cell phone when he was fatally shot

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 5:59 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2016 at 10:15 PM CDT
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TROY, AL (WSFA) - We're learning new details about the shooting that left a Troy University student dead.

According to Pike County District Attorney Tom Anderson, the shooting happened during the search for a missing cellphone early Friday morning.

According to Anderson, 20-year-old Michael Derek Kennedy and a friend used an app called Find my iPhone to try to locate Kennedy's phone. It brought them to a residence on Jane Road in Troy.

Anderson said Kennedy and his friend banged on the door a little before 3:30 a.m. and demanded the cell phone back.

When the residents woke up and opened the door, Kennedy was outside armed with a shot gun, authorities said. That's when the resident, whose identity hasn't been released, shot Kennedy multiple times in the chest with a handgun.

Kennedy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The missing phone ended up being at a house across the street, according to investigators.

Anderson said it's unlikely they will press any charges at this point. The case will be presented to a grand jury.

Officials are now sending out a warning in the hopes this never happens again.

"What I want people to understand is that if somebody has stolen your phone, don't attempt to go find your phone yourself because if they stole it they are not going to willingly give that phone back. That is what we are here for and what we get paid to do," said Capt. Danny Barron with the Troy Police Department. "We strongly encourage people to contact us because no property is worth risking your life for. That's the message we want people to understand, we are here and we want to help. Our hearts go out to the family, and we just want to prevent this from ever happening again."

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