Police: Homeowner shoots home invader | Crime
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – A homeowner shot a man trying to break into his home in south Fulton County on Tuesday, police said.
According to Melissa Parker of the Fulton County Police Department, the incident happened on Diann Drive at around 11:45 a.m.
The homeowner told 11Alive's Jon Shirek that a man and a woman showed up at his front door and rang the doorbell repeatedly. They then began trying to kick the door in. The homeowner said when he approached the front door from the inside, and the two spotted him through the door window, they starting shooting while running toward their getaway car in the driveway..
The homeowner said he opened the door and returned fire with his 9mm.
The homeowner said that the two tried to drive away, but they wrecked the car against a small wall and bushes. They jumped out of the car and ran away.
He said he called 911 and told dispatchers that he believed that he shot the man.
Police found a man with a multiple gunshot wounds in the woods near the home. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
The homeowner says other homes in his neighborhood had been recently burglarized in the middle of the day, and that's why many of his neighbors are arming themselves.
One of the homeowner's neighbors, Lenward Reeves, who says his family's home has been burglarized, too, said the homeowner did what he had to do.
"I'm glad he's okay. One has to be careful and protect yourself. That's something you have to do these days. Seems like folks don't care about nothing but themselves and what they can take from you. You just have to be prepared for it," he said. "I prefer a shotgun, myself. Pistols are fine, but I own a shotgun, I'm an old country boy from Roberta, Georgia. And I love my shotgun."
Fulton County Police detectives continued Tuesday night to search for the woman others who possibly were involved.
Police have not yet released a description of the woman.