Atlanta, GA – A homeowner opened fire on Friday morning on a man he found inside an unoccupied home he had just finished renovating.
Police said the homeowner had just stopped by the newly redone house on Arthur Street to check on it and was surprised when he found 28-year-old Kelvin White inside, WAGA reported.
"He noticed that the door was open and a man came out of a room yelling and screaming. The homeowner took out his firearm and fired shots because he felt like his life was in danger," Atlanta Police Officer Stephanie Brown said.
The homeowner’s shots struck the intruder in the leg, but White was still able to escape out of the back door, according to WAGA.
Police said White made it about a mile away, to Cooper Street, before he stopped for help.
He knocked on the door of a house and asked the man who answered for water.
"He told me he had been shot and needed water,” the man told WAGA. “I told him I wasn’t gonna give him no water.”
Instead, he called 911 and alerted the police.
Police arrived and connected White with the incident on Arthur Street.
He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, WAGA reported.
It was the second time in a month that White was found inside a home where he did not belong.
He was arrested after he was found inside a home on Lucille Street in February, WAGA reported.
That homeowner left the house and called 911, rather than confront White directly.
Police said they prefer it when trespassers are handled that way.
"We do advise homeowners to exit the property and call the police so we can handle it," Officer Brown told WAGA.
But Jimmy Thompson, neighbor to the house where White was shot, wholeheartedly approved of how the homeowner handled the problem.
"Nobody ain't got no business on that property but the homeowner. That's private property. I'm surprised he didn't kill him," Thompson said.
The homeowner told police that the entire encounter happened so fast, he doesn’t even know how many shots he fired, according to WAGA.
Police said the homeowner will not face any charges in connection with the incident.