19-year-old shoots, kills man trying to break into apartment

by: Liz Artz, WSBTV.com Updated:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police said a teenager shot and killed a man Monday as he attempted to break into the teen’s apartment in DeKalb County, Georgia. 

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Malik Hyatt, 19, told police he heard someone banging on the door of his apartment and trying to kick it in early Monday morning. 

Hyatt said he looked through the peephole and saw a man he did not know with something by his side.

He told his 22-year-old sister to go to her room, grabbed a gun and shot through the door twice.

When investigators arrived, they found the suspect dead on the stoop.

“They actually saw a male on the ground with a T-shirt on his face and a handgun in his hand outside one of the apartments,” DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.

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The medical examiner identified the man killed as Eric Ransom, 22.

“In home invasions, you never know what the suspect’s motive are. Maybe it’s money. Maybe the victim had something they wanted,” Robertson said.

Police said they do not plan on charging the teen. They said the shooting appears to be justified, but the case is open and remains under investigation.

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