Georgia homeowner kills intruder with history of break-ins
By Jennifer Cruz
Police respond to a Columbus home where a break-in and subsequent shooting occurred Monday night. (Photo: WTVM)
A 23-year-old man was shot and killed by a homeowner after he broke into a house in Columbus, Georgia, Monday night.
According to reports from local media, authorities identified the deceased suspect as Derrick Cureton, of Phenix City, which is located just outside of Columbus.
Police were called to the home just before 10 p.m. and when they arrived, they found Cureton, who was pronounced dead at the scene. As is standard protocol, Cureton’s body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy.
The initial investigation suggests the shooting was an act of self-defense by the homeowner during a confrontation with Cureton, according to Lt. Greg Touchberry.
The break-in has some area residents on edge at the thought of such activities happening so close to home.
“That scares me,” one neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told reporters. “It scares me because a lot of people in this neighborhood are single parents.”
She said the thought of a parent being home alone with their children while an intruder tried to break in is “pretty scary.” The woman said she has a