DeKalb cops: Alleged home invasion suspect dies from gunshot wound

DeKalb police found a man outside his home on Derbyshire Drive who had flagged down a motorist to call 911.

Ronald Hugo-Garcia told police Wednesday night he had fled the house after battling a home invader. His nephew, Ronaldo Clemente, was still inside with the gunman, according to the police report.

The gunman had entered the home around 7:15 p.m., police said. Hugo-Garcia said the gun went off as he and Clemente struggled with the gunman for his pistol, according to the report.

Officers C. Russell and M. Sheppard and D. Mobley had set up a perimeter around the home when the door opened and Clemente walked out with the pistol, the police said.

“He’s in there, this is his gun,” Clemente told police. He tossed the pistol in the yard and, following officers’ commands, turned and walked backwards toward the sounds of their voices, the report said.

Clemente was bleeding from his head; there was blood on his clothing and arms.

Inside, the officers found a man laying face down in a large pool of blood. Officers summoned an ambulance but the man, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital, the report said.

A woman then came from the back of the house and said two other women had fled with an infant to a home next door.

Paramedics treated Clemente at the house for the head wound.

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, police still had not identified the dead man, said Capt. Steve Fore. Detectives were awaiting an autopsy “to determine the exact cause of death for the suspect,” Fore said.

Clemente and Hugo-Garcia were not charged, Fore said.

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