According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a call came in about 11:15 p.m. in reference to a burglary. Dispatch told the responding deputy the homeowner was actively shooting at the suspects.
Though the deputy searched the area when he arrived at the Elmwood Place residence, he did not locate anyone. He spoke to the victim, who said two unknown black men attempted to enter his home. The deputy noted the victim appeared to be “slightly intoxicated,” according to the report.
The victim said he and his girlfriend heard something like the back door opening when they were getting ready to lay down. When the victim went to investigate the noise, he said, he saw a black man standing in the doorway of his back door, with the door half open. The victim also saw a second black man outside on the porch.
After seeing the suspects, the victim reportedly went back to his bedroom and got his 12-gauge shotgun and a .380-caliber handgun. At this point, according to the incident report, the suspects fled the residence.
The victim went to the back porch and reportedly saw the suspects running toward the wooded area behind his home. The victim said a suspect fired a small-caliber firearm at him, causing him to return fire. The victim reportedly fired his shotgun three times and fired his handgun until the magazine was empty. He then returned to his bedroom, retrieved another handgun and went back to the porch to see if the suspects were still in the yard.
While looking around the backyard, the deputy found three spent shotgun shells on the ground off the porch, three 9mm shells and a 9mm Ruger on top of the grill, according to the report.
The deputy was unable to find any shell casings in the approximate area where the suspects allegedly shot at the victim. However, he did find several bullet holes in a tree and one round in a fencepost. All weapons were turned back over to the victim.