A homeowner shot a home intruder a second time after the intruder appeared to taunt the owner over the first gunshot wound he sustained, Georgia police said.
Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb told WAGA-TV that the incident unfolded at a residence on Thursday when the homeowner called police about an intruder. At the same time, the home’s alarm company was alerting the police about an intruder.
Babb says that the homeowner confronted the intruder in the basement and gave him a warning. After that, he fired one gunshot and struck the intruder.
The homeowner then took up a position at the top of his staircase on the second story of the home.
Babb said that the suspect started going up the stairs and said to the homeowner, “You’re gonna have to kill me.”
So the homeowner reportedly shot him a second time.
Deputies arrived about that time, and Babb said they struggled with the intruder to take him into custody. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment for his two gunshot wounds.
Babb told WAGA that the suspect was connect to a “string of crimes” that include a possible murder outside of the state of Georgia. Police are working with law enforcement authorities in that separate state.
Police believe that the man chose the home at random and had tried to gain entry into other homes in the upscale neighborhood.
Authorities have not released the identities of the homeowner or the suspect. They expect to release more information about the incident as their investigation continues.
Fayette County is in the northern part of the state and includes about 120,000 residents.
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
Homeowner shoots home invader | FOX 5 Newswww.youtube.com
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