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Woman shoots, kills home invasion suspect

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Police said a homeowner shot and killed a suspect who tried to break into her home. (SOURCE: WGCL) Police said a homeowner shot and killed a suspect who tried to break into her home. (SOURCE: WGCL)

A suspect in an alleged home invasion is dead after being shot by the owner of the home early Friday morning.

The shooting happened shortly before 4 a.m. at the home on the 3500 block of Spring Drive NW in unincorporated Gwinnett County.

"Just bam bam bam bam and that was it," neighbor Paul Raper described hearing the shots.

Gwinnett County Police Corporal Deon Washington tells CBS46 News that the suspect, identified as 28 year-old Antonio Leeks, kicked in the door of the home and awoke the homeowner. After grabbing her handgun, the homeowner went to investigate and saw three males coming through the door.

"The female retrieved her handgun went to investigate the sound when she observed several males inside of her home," Washington said. "At that point she began firing at the suspects and at least one of the other two suspects began firing back at her."

The woman struck Leeks in the torso, killing him instantly. The other suspects fired back while fleeing the scene.

Surveillance video from the incident

No other injuries reported

No one else was injured during the incident. No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.

Law Enforcement analyst Vincent Hill explains homeowners rights to use deadly force.

"Homeowners, they're in their home, they don't have the duty to retreat to the closet to the kitchen out the backdoor it's their home and they have the right to protect it," Hill said.

But he adds you must know what is protected territory.

"You can't say there is an imminent threat if someone is in your front yard or at your mailbox," Hill said. "Once they are inside that threshold, once they are inside that door there's the threat. But it's hard to justify castle doctrine if they are in your yard or down the street."

Police are still searching for the remaining two suspects, described as black males, aged 20-30 years old.

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