Police: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder in southwest Atlanta

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ATLANTA - Police flooded a southwest Atlanta neighborhood Monday morning after they say a homeowner shot and killed a man on his property. 
 
Investigators are calling the man an intruder, even though his body was found in the yard. 

Detectives spent they day talking with the homeowner to find out  exactly what happened.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi was at the scene on Connell Avenue Monday morning as the medical examiner removed the man's body from the house in southwest Atlanta.
 
Investigators say the homeowner shot the man once, after seeing him on his property.
 
“There was some type of engagement between the two. A shot was fired … the intruder was actually shot by the homeowner and killed on scene," Capt. Paul Guerucci said.
 
Police said they have no witnesses, other than the homeowner.
 
Investigators told Choi that the same house was burglarized over the weekend while the homeowners were there. They think the house was targeted by the intruder, because the house sits back from the road, down a long driveway.
 
They're not sure if the two knew each other, prior to this incident.
 
Neighbors say police activity is a familiar sight in the stretch of Connell Avenue in southwest Atlanta. A neighbor across the street told Choi she was robbed at gunpoint just within the last month.

Mercy Hernandez lives just across the street from where the shooting happened. She said just last month three men robbed her and her boyfriend.

“All of a sudden I hear the gunshot, and then I hear my boyfriend screaming,” said Hernandez. 

Investigators don't believe the two cases are connected, but they are looking into it.

A third possible robbery occurred on Connell Avenue a few weeks ago. Investigators say they’ll be back in this neighborhood to search for more information. 

Neighbors hope that the search pays off and stops the violence. 


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