Video shows the moment a woman rushes out of bed and opens fire on three armed burglars who broke into her home
Incredible footage has been released showing the moment a Georgia woman rushed out of her bed in the middle of the night and opened fire at three armed men who broke into her house, killing one.
The surveillance footage, released by the Gwinnett County Police Department, shows the intruders – all of whom are carrying guns – bursting through the front door and rummaging through the house in the September 16 incident in Gwinnett.
Seconds after entering the home, the woman is seen coming out of her bedroom in pajamas with a handgun, and fires several shots at the armed suspects, according to WSB TV 2.
Two of the men managed to escape. It is unclear if they had been shot.
However a third intruder, identified Antonio Leeks, 28, of Atlanta, was shot and killed in the home invasion.
He was found dead from his injuries in the driveway of the home by police.
Police released in the footage in the hopes that someone will come forward and identify the other two suspects.
Cpl. Deon Washington with the Gwinnett County Police Department said the homeowner acted appropriately.
‘She exercised her right to defend her livelihood and property,’ Washington told WSB TV.
The woman is a local restaurant manager who was staying in a housemate’s Spring Drive home for work-related reasons. The house is seen in the video filled with boxes of cleaning products and equipment for the restaurant.
The incident occurred around 4 a.m. Friday. Police say the men were after money.
The video shows the woman being consoled by a housemate as she calls 911. The clip has clearly been emptied on the gun, which the man takes from her.
‘It’s not common that we receive this caliber of surveillance video showing the crime unfold, an actual home invasion,’ Washington said.
Washington also said the men did not cover their faces, which increases the chance of police tracking them down.
‘They’re not wearing anything on their faces so we’re highly anticipating someone watching the evening newscast will recognize these people,’ Washington said.