DeKalb County father fatally shoots alleged home intruder

Four students out of school for a teacher professional development day, picked the wrong home to break into.

Three of the four are under arrest in connection with an attempted DeKalb County home invasion that left one of them dead, according to Channel 2 Action News.

After attempting to break into a home in the Fairington Ridge Condominiums, a father who was home with his 4-year-old son shot and killed one of the boys who kicked in his door Friday afternoon, police said.

The father told police that he heard someone knock on his door, according to the news station. He didn’t recognize the men so he and his son went upstairs. Moments later, when the father heard the intruders burst through the front door, he grabbed his son and hid in the closet, police told the station.

The homeowner told police he could hear the men stealing things, according to Channel 2.

Investigators told Channel 2 that when the two intruders opened the closet door, the homeowner shot and killed one of the suspects. The other intruder ran.

Neighbors told the station that they heard the gun shot but didn’t think anything of it until they saw a huge police presence.

“I was in the house at the time when I heard the gun fire,” neighbor Decarius Lucas said. “I heard the gun fire and came outside.”

Other neighbors told the station that break-ins were happening too often.

“There’s a rash of burglaries going on around here real bad and the people are tired of it,” neighbor Chad Litmon told Channel 2. “People just tired of their houses [being] broken [into] around here and they not putting up with it anymore.”

Litmon said the intruders caught the bad end of the deal. DeKalb County Police Chief Dr. Cedric L. Alexander agreed.

“Two guys went into the wrong home and they were met by a home owner protecting himself and a 4-year-old,” Alexander told the station.

Police said the child witnessed the shooting.

Investigators have not released the names of the victims nor the suspects, but they said the homeowner was in his right to protect his property and his child.

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