Ronald Reuben Hayes
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office

Man shot while trying to break into Gwinnett home, police say

A man was shot in the leg Wednesday while trying to break into a home in Gwinnett County, police said.

According to a Gwinnett police report, the resident was in the bedroom of his home on Peachtree Street when he heard loud banging at his back door shortly before 9 p.m.

The man told officers he grabbed his gun and ran to the door before firing two or three shots. He heard a man screaming and opened the door to find the suspect, 38-year-old Ronald Reuben Hayes of Doraville, with a gunshot wound to the leg, authorities said.

The resident then locked his door, grabbed his cellphone and called 911, according to police.

Hayes was taken to the hospital but is expected to survive, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said. After he is released, he will be taken to the Gwinnett jail on a charge of first-degree burglary. 

No charges will be filed against the resident who shot him, police said. 

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