Homeowner who grabbed rifle, fatally shot intruder won't be charged, authorities say

A Georgia homeowner who fatally shot a man caught breaking into his home will not be charged, according to a report.

“People have the right to defend themselves,” Maj. Anthony Thuman of the Clayton County Police Department said.

“People have the right to defend themselves.”

— Maj. Anthony Thuman, Clayton County Police Department

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The homeowner, who lives near Jonesboro, was awakened by a loud banging at his door, Atlanta's FOX 5 reported. The intruder had broken a window and come inside, he said.

The homeowner grabbed his rifle and fired at the intruder, who was at the top of the stairs.

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The suspect later died at a hospital. His name has not been released, FOX 5 reported.