DeKalb homeowner won’t face charges after fatally shooting intruder

A DeKalb County homeowner who killed an intruder won’t face charges, police said.

DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told Channel 2 Action News the man, who declined to speak publicly, was within his legal right to shoot a burglar.

“The homeowner gave him a warning,” Robertson told the news station. “The suspect continued to approach, at which time the homeowner fired one shot.”

A neighbor to the Beachwood Forest Drive home, William Jordan, said he thinks the homeowner did the right thing. 

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“I think people should protect themselves and their property,” Jordan told Channel 2. “I've got my wife, daughter (and) granddaughter, so good for him."

The would-be burglar died at the scene. Robertson said police don’t yet know his name. 

The suspect is described as between 5-foot-6 and 5-8. He was wearing a wig and may have identified as female.

“We're reaching out to the community in that area to find out who that person is,” Robertson said.

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