An Atlanta-area woman opened fire on three armed intruders early last Friday morning who were breaking into her home.
The dramatic home invasion shootout at 4 a.m., during which the woman defended herself from the men after a very rude and scary awakening, was recorded by surveillance video (see embedded footage below) as drywall debris flew everywhere from the gunfire.
As depicted in the footage, the burglars entered the home in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with their guns drawn.
The woman came running out of her bedroom in the Atlanta suburb and fired her gun at the intruders who apparently had kicked in the front door. All three suspects fled the scene, with one shown crashing through a glass door.
The suspect wearing a wig reportedly died in the encounter from wounds to his chest and was found in the driveway. He was identified as a 28-year-old Atlanta resident. The other two men are still at large, prompting cops to release the home video footage now.
“She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,” observed Cpl. Deon Washington of the Gwinnett County Police Department, Atlanta’s WSB-TV detailed in the news report below. “It’s not common that we receive this caliber of surveillance video showing the crime unfold. They’re not wearing anything on their faces so we’re highly anticipating someone watching the evening newscast will recognize these people.”
The woman is a local restaurant manager, which suggests that the home might have been specifically targeted with the expectation perhaps that there was a significant amount of cash on the premises.
“The three people were forced out by a woman in the home who had a handgun. She owns businesses in the restaurant industry and stays at that house with someone else based on a convenient commute to one of her businesses, according to police,” CBS46 Atlanta explained.
Office supplies are also evident in the video.
Anyone providing information to cops about the other two suspects, described as men in their 20s, and who police describe as armed and dangerous, could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.
Home Invasion suspects caught on video clip #2 Contact Crime Stoppers with tips. 4045778477 pic.twitter.com/vBlCsyCWzm— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) September 22, 2016
“Georgia state law requires no registration for handguns, and required a background check before legally obtaining a firearm. Any private gun sales do not require a background check, but knowingly selling a firearm to a felon is a felony,” The Daily Caller noted.
“Thankfully, this homeowner had her firearm and used it to defend herself against these three thugs! She was quick and brave…Although we never want to have to use our firearms to defend ourselves, each and every gun owner in America needs to be prepared for something like this,” the Bearing Arms website claimed about the Georgia home invasion.
The complete footage from two different camera angles suggests that the determined home invaders were roaming around inside the residence for several agonizing minutes, which would have seemed like an eternity for any law-abiding citizen in this scenario, before the woman responded with her weapon and then was consoled by her housemate after the suspects fled.
In an entirely separate incident in suburban Atlanta last month, five home invaders demanding money allegedly beat and set on fire an elderly woman last month. The great grandmother tragically died from her injuries after receiving weeks of treatment in a local hospital. The suspects, who reportedly worked on the woman’s farm, face multiple charges, including attempted felony murder, which authorities plan to upgrade to murder.
Watch this space for updates on if and when the two Gwinnett County home invasion suspects are taken into custody now that cops have released the surveillance video of the break-in and the subsequent gunfight.
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