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Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Six days ago police arrested Merritt Landry, 33, for attempted second-degree murder for shooting 14-year-old Marshall Coulter in the head.

Already many in the community are rallying behind the city building inspector, who claims he was just protecting his family and his property.

Immediately, controversy arose about whether Landry was justified in shooting the teen, who was found inside Landry's fenced in yard shortly before 2 a.m. last Friday.

Some are coming to his defense by starting a fund aimed at helping Landry paid for legal expenses, as well as day-to-day expenses to off-set his indefinitely suspension from his job with the city.

So far, the Merritt Landry Defense Fund has raised over $4,000 in just the last three days.

The goal is to raise $500,000 for Landry and his family.

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