Man Shot While Attempting To Break Into A House

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A suspect who allegedly broke into a home in Decatur, Georgia, on Monday was arrested after he was shot by the homeowner.

The suspect reportedly used a crowbar to enter the house through the front door, according to police, and may have thought the house was vacant at the time. But the homeowner confronted him with a loaded shotgun, which prompted the suspect to flee back outside to his car, reports WXIA-TV.

"As he was getting into his vehicle, the homeowner reported that it appeared to him he was reaching for something in the vehicle," said DeKalb County Police Capt. Steven Fore. "And in fear, he fired his weapon."

The suspect got into his car and drove away, despite suffering from a shot to his shoulder. Police reportedly found him when he stopped at a nearby Texaco gas station. The unidentified suspect was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment before he was booked into the DeKalb County Jail.

The homeowner, whose name has not been released, has not been charged in the shooting.

This incident is one of several that have taken place in Decatur in recent years in which a homeowner shot at a burglar while trying to protect his home.

Last month, attempted burglar Clendon L. Sims, 51, reportedly died after he was shot while allegedly trying to force his way into a home in Brookhaven, Georgia, reports the Washington Times. And, in 2010, homeowner Dexter Tucker was not charged after he reportedly shot a 17-year-old who broke into his Decatur, Georgia house, reports Free Republic.

Source: WXIA-TV, Washington Times, Free Republic/Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr, WXIA