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Police: East Point man shoots, kills would-be burglar

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An East Point homeowner shot and killed a man attempting to break into his home, according to police.

It happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday at a home.

"I had to do what I had to do," said Eugene, who did not want to give his last name.  "I'm going to protect my house and my family."

Eugene said he was home alone after his fiancee and her sister left to go to work.  He heard a crashing sound at the back door and confronted someone using a shovel to break in.

"Someone breaking into your house, they're not breaking in to bake no cupcakes," said Eugene, who'd grabbed his gun when he realized someone was breaking in.

"I wasn't trying to carry on a conversation at that point," he said, of the exchange he had with the intruder.  Eugene fired one shot, killing 20-year-old Natavious Willingham.

East Point Police spokesman Cliff Chandler said Eugene is protected by law in this case, because he was trying to defend himself from great bodily injury, and also was trying to prevent a forcible felony from taking place.

"If you are put in an instance where you have to protect yourself, it is something that you have to do," said Chandler.

Willingham was pronounced dead at the scene.  Chandler said no charges will be filed against the home owner.

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