Cops say man killed in DeKalb walked in on burglary

DeKalb County police said Monday that a 68-year-old man who refurbished and sold cars out of his Columbia Drive home was killed Sunday after apparently walking in on a burglary.

The victim, Paul Taylor, returned to his home in the 1500 block of Columbia Drive with a friend about 11:45 a.m. Sunday, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

“As the victim attempted to enter the home, he encountered the suspect,” Parish said in an e-mail Monday.

She said Taylor struggled with the suspect before being shot. Detectives believe the suspect fled the scene on foot, Parish said.

Throughout the rainy afternoon, as police combed through evidence in the man’s yard, neighbors gathered across the street.

They said Taylor was well known in the neighborhood, mainly because he had a yard full of cars that he sold. Nearly a dozen cars were currently in the yard.

“He was a nice guy,” said Daisy Glover, who has lived in the area for 19 years. “I don’t know why anyone would want to shoot him.”

The suspect remained at large Monday, Parish said.