A Jonesboro homeowner fired his gun at burglars Saturday night who managed to flee through an open window.
Clayton County police say at about 10:30 p.m. the man returned to his home on Sterling Ridge Lane to find three thieves taking items from the house.
The homeowner fired his weapon at the men.
Stanley Short has lived in the neighborhood for the last three years.
He told CBS Atlanta News home break-ins are becoming pretty common in the area.
"It's been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood. A few people [are] reporting houses have been in, and basically [it's] teenagers," said Short. "Actually we didn't hear no shots [fired last night] because it was inside."
Detectives arrived on the scene to find a male dead in a neighboring yard with a single gunshot wound to the torso.
Police are now trying to determine if the deceased was part of the break-in trio.
The identity of the homeowner and the suspects have not yet been released.
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