Demarcus McDowell (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

DeKalb mom arrested after allegedly shooting suspected repeat intruder

A DeKalb County mother of four faces aggravated assault charges after shooting a man the day after he allegedly tried to break into her family’s home last week, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The woman’s husband, who asked not to be identified, told Channel 2 he asked the alleged intruder, Demarcus McDowell, to stop harassing one of the family’s Woodberry Place apartment neighbor a couple of weeks ago. That neighbor told police McDowell had been stalking her, according to a police report.

A week later, McDowell turned his attention to the family’s apartment, kicking the door and jiggling the door knob at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the police report.

“I opened up the door and this predator guy I’ve seen periodically in our community, he was just standing there,” the father told Channel 2. “I said, ‘Man, why are you messing with my door?’”

McDowell left, but he returned around midnight, police said. That’s when the mother saw McDowell standing in the doorway.

“I’m still asleep. She said, ‘Baby, get up, somebody is in our house,’” the father said. “I went up under my bed and grabbed my firearm again. By the time I got ready, he was already in my house and the only thing I did was fire the shot at him and he disappeared.”

The father didn’t know if he hit McDowell with the shot, according to the police report.

The next day, when the parents picked up their children at the bus stop, they saw McDowell again, this time carrying a pole, according to Channel 2. The father called 911, but his wife shot McDowell three times in the parking lot of the apartment complex, the station said.

Because McDowell wasn’t actively breaking into the family’s apartment at the time, police arrested and charged the mother with aggravated assault, according to Channel 2.

McDowell remained in DeKalb County Jail, where he was being held on first degree burglary charges in lieu of $10,000 cash-only bond, according to Channel 2.

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