Atlanta homeowner shoots suspected prowler after threats

ATLANTA – Atlanta police say they won’t file any charges against a homeowner who shot an accused prowler Sunday morning.

Police were called to the home on the 60 block of Adaire Avenue SE after reports of a shooting around 3:20 a.m.

Officials tell FOX 5 that the homeowner reported someone was banging on the family’s front door, but it didn’t sound like the person was looking for help.

The banging was so aggressive that the home’s door was shaking, police reported.

“The homeowners could hear the individual talking making threats against them,” Atlanta Police Department Capt. Jessica Bruce said. “At that point, the homeowners felt threatened for their life.”

Bruce said that the homeowner fired one shot, hitting the suspected prowler in the arm.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken to a nearby hospital.

Investigators say the suspect was highly intoxicated, and charges are pending.

Homeowner shoots suspect trying to break into home

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) — The man injured in a Saturday night shooting was trying to break into an Irmo home, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Joseph James Harkless, 21, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, as well as grand larceny, the department said.

According to deputies, the shooting happened Saturday night at a home in the 200 block of Concord Place.

Deputies said Harkless tried to get into the home by shooting a glass patio door.

That’s when the homeowner grabbed a gun from inside the home and shot Harkless, hitting him in the upper body, deputies said.

The department said Harkless ran from the home and stole a running vehicle from the driveway next door. According to deputies, he drove to a nearby hotel and asked them to call 911.

According to the department, the incident happened after Harkless and the homeowner’s family member broke up earlier that day. Deputies said Harkless threatened to shoot his ex and her entire family.

Harkless is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.