Memphis man killed defending family in home invasion

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A man was shot inside a Frayser home following a home invasion that happened while everyone was asleep on Sunday.

A woman who was inside the house told WREG that the victim died protecting people inside the house.

Memphis police were called to a home along Rainier Street in Frayser where a man was shot, the woman who lived there said.

“He died protecting us,” the woman said.

That protector, she said, was Norbert Clear, better known by his nickname.

“Anyone who knows him probably forgets his name is Norbert, but we all called him NoddyHead,” the woman said.

The woman said she and her family and Norbert were sleeping at home. Suddenly, she felt her mattress move, then saw a man snooping under her bed.

This same woman had guns stolen from the house not too long ago. She’s dealt with a home burglary twice, but she’s also dealing with a broken heart – as her fiancé died a week ago.

Norbert was her fiancé’s best friend. When she was awakened, she screamed and Norbert answered.

“He put himself in danger to save us,” the woman said.

It’s really no surprise that he’s the first to spring into action, protecting the family of his recently deceased best friend.

At least two bullets were fired during this incident. When the shooting stopped, Norbert was dead, but he came out to fight.

“He did. He held one of the guys back,” the woman said.

The two men fled under cover of darkness.

“He was a good guy,” the woman said.

The woman we spoke to said police were unable to determine how the two men entered the house. Also, the intruders may have been hiding in the attic before attacking.


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