DeKalb homeowner fatally shoots intruder, cops say; no charges expected

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Police said a homeowner shot a man to death after he broke into his DeKalb County residence Thursday afternoon.

Officers were called to the home in the 3400 block of Valley Chase Court at about 4:30 p.m. At the scene, police said they found a man’s body in the backyard. He was identified as 42-year-old Ian Patton.

According to investigators, Patton forced his way into the home and the homeowner confronted and shot him. Patton then ran out the back door, where he collapsed, police said.

No charges are expected to be filed, police said. The homeowner was not publicly identified.

The home, located in a residential area in Stonecrest, is just a short drive from Browns Mill Elementary School and Salem Middle School.

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