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Woman charged after shooting burglary suspect

DECATUR, Ga. – Police have filed charges against a DeKalb County woman who shot a man she said broke into her home.

The incident happened inside a gated apartment complex off of Woodberry Place on Tuesday.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said that when she got home from work around midnight, a man was trying to aggressively open her door. The woman said that she and her husband opened the door and the man began "talking out the side of his head."

Around 2:35 a.m., the woman said she was awakened by a loud noise. When she got up to check, she said the front door of her home was kicked in. The woman that as she went to retrieve her gun, she came face-to-face with the man in her closet. At that time, the woman said her husband fired a shot at the man.

The woman said the man fell on the floor and then took off.

“He ran out the door,” she said.”We don’t know where he went.”

The next afternoon, the couple said they saw the suspect walking near a bus stop on Wesley Chapel Road carrying a "large pole."  That’s when, according to police, the woman shot the man three times.

“After I shot him, he went to my house,” the woman said. She said that police picked him up in the parking lot of her apartment complex.

The suspect, Demarcus McDowell, was treated and released at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was then taken to DeKalb County Jail on burglary charges.

The woman was charged with aggravated assault because, according to police, McDowell was not actively breaking into their home at the time he was shot.

Georgia's stand your ground law allows the use force if your life is in danger.  Authorities said the woman fired at the burglary suspect from a vehicle so that wasn't the case.

The woman said she had seen the man hanging out around her apartment before. She said that she didn't "shoot to kill."

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