Atlanta sheriff’s deputy shoots and kills burglar after receiving Ring doorbell notification of break-in and following man as he fled the property with stolen tools
- Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly broke into his Atlanta home early Saturday morning
- Deputy was returning home after a shift when he got a notification from his security system that someone was breaking into his house
- Uniformed officer got home in time to find burglar walking away with stolen goods and followed the man into the woods
- Deputy and suspect got into a fight and the officer fatally shot the man
- It is unknown at this time whether burglar was armed at the time of the shooting
An Atlanta sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a burglar after his Ring doorbell notified him that his home had been broken into and tools stolen from inside.
The shooting took place in Fulton County early Saturday morning, with the off-duty deputy returning home, and following the burglar in his car as the thief walked away from the property on foot.
An altercation in a wooded area ensued, with the deputy shooting the burglar dead. Neither has been identified, with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation now probing the killing.
The home invasion and deadly shooting come amid rising crime rates in Atlanta, where 140 burglaries and 58 robberies were reported in December 2021, as well as nine murders and 11 rapes for the same time period.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that the Fulton County deputy, who has not been named as of Monday, arrived home on Springside Drive after midnight on Saturday to find the burglar walking away carrying tools and other items, the GBI said.
A Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly broke into his home on Springside Drive in Atlanta (pictured) early Saturday morning
The unnamed deputy was returning home after a shift when he got a notification from his security system that someone was breaking into his house
The deputy, was was wearing a uniform, followed until the suspect stepped off an unpaved gravel road into some woods.
The agency says the officer left his personal car and followed the man into the woods, where the two got into a fight and the deputy shot the suspect, reported CBS46.
It is unclear at this time whether the suspect was armed.
Atlanta Police Department officers responding to a 911 call came upon the deputy performing CPR on the mortally wounded burglary suspect.
The shooting victim was then transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
The GBI, which is investigation the officer-involved shooting, says the deputy suffered a minor ankle injury during his altercation with the intruder.
The backdoor of the deputy’s home had been kicked in and the items found in the woods had been taken from his home.
The uniformed officer got home in time to find the burglar walking away with stolen goods and followed the man into the woods
The deputy and suspect got into a fight and the officer fatally shot the man. The incident is now being investigated by GBI
According to crime statistics released earlier this month by the Atlanta police, in December alone there were 51 shooting incidents in the city, up 13 per cent compared to the month before.
Just over 24 hours after the deputy-involved killing, a British doctor visiting his girlfriend in Atlanta was fatally shot in the head by a stray bullet.
Police said Dr Matthew Willson, a 31-year-old astrophysicist, was killed as a result of someone recklessly discharging a firearm outside his girlfriend’s home in the high-end Brookhaven section of Atlanta.