Neighbors react after man killed in home invasion

Neighbors at Creek Meadow Estates tell WAAY 31 they’re still in shock that someone broke into a home in their usually quiet neighborhood.

Posted: May. 13, 2018 8:28 PM

A homeowner shot an intruder early Mother's Day morning in Morgan County.

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During a struggle, that homeowner killed the man who broke in.

All of this happened at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

Over the phone, 911 dispatchers heard the gunfire at Creek Meadow Drive in Trinity.

Neighbors at Creek Meadow Estates tell WAAY 31 they’re still in shock that someone broke into a home in their usually quiet neighborhood.

“Couldn’t believe it, said Scott Sims. "I mean, I’m still not sure we can believe it.”

Sims never expected a deadly home invasion would happen there.

”You know, it’s just been so quiet back here that no one would ever think that it’s going to happen here," he said.

Ronnie McCaghren hardly ever sees anyone in Creek Meadow Estates, except his neighbors.

“It’s so quiet, we don’t get thru traffic, we don’t see a lot of riff raff in our neighborhood," McCaghren said.

A neighborhood so quiet, in fact, some say they don't even feel the need to lock their doors.

“We lock our stuff up at night, but during the day, we actually don’t," Sims said.

“In twenty-two years, I have never had anything taken," McCaghren said. "Most of the time, I leave the doors unlocked to the pool house.”

However,McCcaghren and Sims are counting their blessings after hearing what happened down the street--a break in early Mother's Day morning.

“I’m in shock," McCaghren said.

Police say, once inside, the intruder got his hands on a knife.

People inside confronted the man and there was a struggle.

During that fight, a homeowner shot and killed the intruder.

Both McCaghren and Sims say they realize things like this could happen anywhere.

“We’re not immune like anybody else is not to things like this that go on," McCaghren said.

They tell WAAY 31 they’re going to be extra cautious from now on.

“I’ve got grandkids that live across the street. My son and daughter live across the street," said Sims. "It could have been us. So, I think we’re going to look at things a little different.”

“Stay vigilant and help each other out if we can," McCaghren added.

And Sims has a message for the family who survived the violent break in.

“God bless you. Luckily, you were able to protect yourself and our prayers are with you," he said.

The intruder still hasn’t been identified.

Officials say no charges will be filed.

Thankfully, the two people who were hurt have been released from the hospital and are now back home.

Even though the incident happened in Trinity, Decatur police are handling the investigation because of a conflict of interest.

The daughter of the family involved tells WAAY 31 that's because they have a family member that works with the Trinity Police Department.

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