DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police said a DeKalb County homeowner fought back against two intruders inside his house Wednesday and shot them both, leaving one dead nearby. The homeowner told FOX 5 News his mother suffered from a heart attack after the invasion.
It happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Eastwood Drive near Welika Drive. Police said the resident, 28-year-old Tim Hernandez, tousled with the burglars, retrieved his weapon, and opened fire on them.
One of the suspects was found dead in the yard of a neighboring home. Police said the man may have been trying to impersonate a police officer or security guard, as they found a security badge and zip ties on him.
"In true home invasions, they will attempt to portray themselves as police officers," said Captain Nicole Rutland.
Police said the second suspect jumped into a car with a woman, who was possibly the getaway driver, and ended up at the Zaxby's in the 3400 block of Memorial Drive near Columbia Drive. Witnesses called 911 after the suspect fell out of the vehicle in the parking lot. The man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
The woman was apprehended at the scene. The names of the suspects have not yet been released.
Hernandez, who was treated for minor injuries, told FOX 5 his 51-year-old mother, who doesn't have insurance, had a heart attack when they were pistol whipped.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Hernandez's mother with medical expenses.