ATLANTA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said a man is dead after a Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy caught him allegedly breaking into his southeast home.
Investigators said the deputy was just returning home before midnight when he got a Ring notification that showed a man breaking into the home.
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When the deputy got home, he found the man walking away from the property carrying tools and other items.
The deputy was driving his personal car but was still wearing his uniform and equipment.
The GBI said the deputy followed the man as he walked along a gravel road. When the man walked into some woods, the deputy confronted him.
While in the woods, the deputy and the suspect got into a fight and the deputy shot the suspect.
Investigators said they found the deputy performing CPR on the man, who was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.
The deputy suffered a minor ankle injury.
The backdoor of the deputy’s home had been kicked in and the items found in the woods had been taken from his home.
Investigators have not released the name of the suspect or the deputy.
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The scene stretched past several homes on Springside Drive. Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins said that investigators spent several hours looking for evidence on and near a dark colored car that was left parked in the middle of the road with the driver’s door open.
Rawlins spoke several neighbors, including Marilyn Gaynor who lives on the second floor of a nearby building and woke up to see the long lines of investigators on her street
“This is what I see at 6 o’clock in the morning,” Gaynor said.
Antoinette Emerson also lives nearby. Hearing about what happened made her nervous.
“It’s crazy. You know, you have to wake up to stuff like this,” Emerson said. “You know you’ve got to feel comfortable being in your own home.”
“What was he thinking?” Gaynor said.
Emerson said she may need to do more to make sure her home is safe.
“It’s making me aware that I probably need to get alarms or cameras and stuff like that set up around my house,” said Emerson.
Rawlins asked Gaynor if anything like this has happened in her neighborhood before.
“Is this typical,” Rawlins asked. “No this is the first,” said Gaynor.
“What’s that mean for you and your family?” asked Rawlins. “It’s scary because I’m sleeping right here and my bedroom is right in front of there (gesturing towards house). It’s too close to home.
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