Man dies after jumping from balcony during Atlanta home invasion

Man dies after jumping from balcony during Atlanta home invasion

Atlanta police are looking for the home invaders who prompted a resident to jump 30 feet to his death.

Jose Greer, 51, called 911 Tuesday night to report that men were kicking in his door before he went over his balcony railing and landed on the concrete below, Maj. Adam Lee said.

“He jumped in fear of his safety,” Lee said.

Authorities released surveillance video Wednesday afternoon of the three men suspected of kicking in the door of an apartment at 898 Oak St.

The video showed the men leaving the apartment building minutes after Greer made the 911 call. So far, police are only certain that the men stole a container of coins, prompting Lee to note that a petty theft had ended in a killing.

Greer, a Comcast employee, suffered multiple fractures and died during surgery six hours later, police said during Wednesday’s news conference.

Greer’s apartment was ransacked, “making it appear as though the suspects were looking for something in particular,” according to the police report. Police are uncertain if anything of real value was stolen and are investigating whether the suspects targeted the apartment by mistake.

Neighbors said “suspicious people” had been seen coming and going to an apartment on a different floor, the report said.

“There is no indication that Mr. Greer was doing anything other than minding his own business,” Lee said.

Police found the container of coins near a fence, which a witness said the fleeing men escaped over.

There is a $25,000 reward being offered for information to solve the case.

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