DeKalb County Sheriff's employee shoots home invader

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police say three teenagers kicked in the door to an Ellenwood home on Bosenberry Way Friday. The woman, who lives at that house works for the Dekalb County Sheriff's Office and shot one of them.

Neighbors told Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes they saw two females knock on the door minutes before the home invasion. Neighbors believe the girls were making sure no one was home.

"I just heard three shots, and they were loud like bang, bang, bang," neighbor Furaha Merrit said.

Around 10:30 p.m., the sheriff's employee was sleeping when her sons woke her up and said intruders were in the house.

Police say that's when the woman grabbed her gun and shot one of the suspects. They dropped the television they were stealing and ran down the hill through Merritt's yard.

Police identified the suspects as Vashaun Gavins, 18, Khalil Cooper, 18, and Christopher Stone, 19.

Merritt said the family moved into the neighborhood recently and she doesn't think the suspects targeted them.