College Park man shot, killed in alleged burglary of APD officer home

A College Park man was shot and killed Wednesday morning while burglarizing an Atlanta police officer’s south Fulton County home, authorities say.

Jasmen Bruce, 25, allegedly came in through the window of the townhome Officer Robert Livsey lives in with his fiancée shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Around 8:45 a.m., a 911 call came from the officer's home in the Providence Place condo subdivision in the 2200 block of Flat Shoals Drive, just west of Old National Highway.

"The resident was there when the perpetrator entered through a window," Fulton County police spokeswoman Det. Melissa Parker said. "He was inside the house when the officer shot."

Bruce had a 2006 robbery and theft by receiving arrest, but spent less than a month in the Fulton County jail, according to jail records.

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Police crime scene investigators Wednesday were inspecting a yellow Mitsubishi Lancer that was backed into the cul de sac in front of the home as police looked over the scene.

Atlanta police Deputy Chief Ernest Finley confirmed that one of his officers lives at the residence and was involved in the shooting.

Livsey, a three-year Zone 6 patrol officer, is being placed on administrative leave, a routine measure after any shooting, Atlanta police say.

It's unclear whether the officer used his service weapon, but this will be determined in both the shooting investigation and the APD internal investigation.

"I know that this is a part of his job, but you don't expect him to be in harm's way when he's at home," Livsey's fiancee, Kimberly Taylor, said.

Taylor is the owner of the house and had left an hour earlier. Livsey was there waiting for an HVAC repairman to come while she was at work.

The couple got engaged last month and Livsey will be moving into the home.

Taylor said the subdivision just added a perimeter fence last week in an effort to improve security at the subdivision.

Neighbors say this was another in a string of robberies dating back to early this summer in a subdivision where at least five police officers representing various jurisdictions call home.

Rod Horton said a flat screen TV was stolen from his townhome earlier this summer.

"Somebody was actually upstairs when they busted through the back window," Horton said. "But whoever did that didn't care. If somebody is that bold, this was probably the same thing."

Resident Monique Lang said she's concerned about the burglaries, but she is happy to have officers as neighbors.

"I have mixed emotions," Lang said. "I feel we need to step up police patrols in this neighborhood to protect against break-ins. But for the most part, it's a low-key area."

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