DeKalb County

Homeowner charged with murder after shooting, killing man attempting to break into home

DEKALB COUNTY, GA. — Channel 2 Action News has learned the homeowner who DeKalb police said shot and killed a home invader Friday night has been arrested.

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Officers were called to the Villas at Panthersville apartments on Panthersville Road on Friday night.

When they arrived, police found a man in his 40s dead from a gunshot wound.

According to police, the homeowner 38-year-old Javonte Forts was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and murder in connection to the incident.


Investigators told Channel 2 Action News the man had broken into the apartment and after an altercation, Forts shot and killed him.

Arrest warrants claim Forts shot the man with a 9mm handgun as he was running away from Forts.

The man’s name has not been released.

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