DeKalb homeowner, 84, shoots intruder, 2 arrested

Keyon Mangham and Gabriel Fordham, both 20, were arrested for trying to break into the Stone Mountain home late Wednesday night, Dekalb police said.

An 84-year-old homeowner awoke late Wednesday night to the sound of someone breaking through his basement door.

As a burglar came upstairs, the homeowner grabbed a pistol from his nightstand. He fired three times at the intruder – Mangham -- hitting him once in the leg, WSB Radio's Richard Sangster reports.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Meadowbrook Chase in Stone Mountain.

Mangham left a trail of blood in the house as he ran away, according to WSB. While seeking treatment for his wound at Grady Memorial Hospital, he was taken into custody by police. He was charged with burglary and later transferred to the DeKalb County Jail.

Police later arrested Fordham and also charged him with burglary.

Authorities have not released the name of the homeowner.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.