“I couldn’t get in touch with her anymore,” he said.
DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said three men forced their way into the home on Streamside Court.
“She barricaded herself inside her room,” Parish said of Prince Norwood.
Officers responding with police dogs were able to get Prince Norwood out of the house safely. They also found two men hiding in the attic.
The third intruder got much closer to Prince Norwood, her husband said.
“He was in the closet with her when the police arrived,” James Norwood said. “He didn’t see her. … She was hiding behind the door.”
That man fled the scene, Parish said.
Police dogs tracking the burglar led officers to a yard on Leisure Wood Lane. There, a startled officer shot a man police said was hiding in a shed at the rear of the property.
“The subject very, very quickly jumped out in front of him, and the officer fired a shot hitting him in left torso and arm, inflicting a non-life-threatening wound,” DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Alexander said.
The shooting remains under investigation, police said. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Police said charges are pending against the three men, whom they have not identified.
At the end of the ordeal, James Norwood said he felt some animosity toward the burglars, but he was more relieved that his wife was safe.
“The anger came later,” he said. “Anything else can be replaced. But that’s my wife.”