Man says he shot in self-defense, killing live-in girlfriend

A man says he shot and killed his girlfriend in self-defense Monday in their northwest Atlanta home, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The incident happened in the 2300 block of Abner Place, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Donald Hannah said.

Police got a call about a dispute at the home and found a woman in her 40s dead inside the residence. Officers questioned the man she lived with and later released him.

The man told Channel 2 he didn’t want to give his name, but he wanted to tell his side of the story.

“Well, I’m going to tell you the truth,” he said. “The lady has been taking me for a dog for a long time.” 

He admitted they were in a relationship that often turned violent. 

Earlier Monday, their argument went too far.

“She had a knife and tried to stab me and it all just happened too fast,” he told Channel 2.

Friends of the man said the two would fight often.

"He wouldn't have done that over nothing,” Reginald Tanner said. “This man was sleeping in his car and this is his house. She came out here to him." 

When the woman's family arrived at the scene, they were too upset to speak to Channel 2. 

The man said he was distraught as well.

“I don’t know everything, but the right thing," he said.

Hannah said while no charges have been filed, an investigation is ongoing.

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