Neighbor Shoots Burglary Suspect Fleeing Merry Hills Home

Two Briarcliff men were charged in the Wednesday morning incident.

A Merry Hills man stopped a burglary last week after he confronted two men fleeing his neighbor's home and shot one of them in the leg, DeKalb County police said.

The man told police he confronted the men after they broke into a home in the 1300 block of Carolyn Drive at about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to the police report.

He said he first fired a warning shot into the air because one of the suspects would not get on the ground and "acted like he was going to leave the scene," the report said. When the suspect approached him, the man said he fired what he thought was another warning shot only to realize he'd hit the man in the leg.

A responding officer discovered the wounded suspect on the ground when he arrived.

"The white [man] shot me!" the suspect yelled repeatedly.

The two men arrested and charged with burglary are Nicholas Lewis, 21, and Nicholas Gallaspy, 19, both of North Druid Hills, according to the police report. Gallaspy, who was shot, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

A laptop computer and an iPad taken from the home were returned to the burglary victim.

Nancy Keenan January 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM
These two confessed to 6 or 7 other robberies in te area so it's a good thin they were stopped.
Christine Callaway January 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM
I want that guy for MY neighbor!!!
Brett January 22, 2013 at 01:24 PM
So this idiot gets shot for breaking into someone's home (that actually works for a living), then screams "that white man shot me!" as if the neighbor was in the wrong. Get that? The first response was "that WHITE man shot me." It wasn't "I'm sorry," "I was wrong" or anything sensible. Instead, the lowlife's first thought is to make it racial. Next, the homeowner will likely have to go to court to prove HIS innocence! Unbelievable.
Conrad Brown January 22, 2013 at 02:23 PM
The guy who risked his own life to stop a crime for his neighbor is a hero. He won't make it on the national news and the president will never read his name on national tv, but he has been featured here: http://www.rationalityrebooted.com
Mitch Leff January 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
But where did that bullet he shot into the air come down? Protecting your family when someone invades your home is one thing, but shooting someone who's fleeing? Not sure about that.
RD January 22, 2013 at 03:15 PM
"...both of Briarcliff." Where is Briarcliff?
Jonathan Cribbs January 22, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Admittedly, a good question, RD. Along Briarcliff Road, basically. I'm just going to change it to North Druid Hills.
John Seymour January 22, 2013 at 03:33 PM
firing your gun randomly into the air and shooting an unarmed fleeing individual. This man is no hero, he is an irresponsible gun owner at best. Someone should take his permits away. What an idiot.
Conrad Brown January 22, 2013 at 04:43 PM
You should have read the article and not the misleading headline. If you had, you would have caught the part that said, "When the suspect approached him, the man said he fired what he thought was another warning shot only to realize he'd hit the man in the leg." When a burglar approaches you and you don't know if he's armed or not, he's not fleeing. Justified. http://www.rationalityrebooted.com
Eric Benjamin January 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM
I'm glad those scumbags were caught, but the gun owner needs some time at the range. You should never point a gun at another human being unless you are capable of killing in self defense. To not know where the barrel was pointed and shoot someone in the leg is very careless. And yes, the criminal claiming victim status was comical and yet quite sad.
Brian Kinnari January 22, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Hooray for catching the robber. unfortunately what he did was illegal, either way that it happened, you cannot discharge a firearm openly and you cannot shoot at a fleeing suspect, only in self defense. I wasn't there, just more thoughts. Have a good day!
robert cooper January 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
way to go neighbor -- terrific-- don't think those 2 will be back in your area.. way to go
Ellie January 23, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Agreed. I definitely don't want this guy for my neighbor!
Ellie January 23, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Yes, exactly. Do the police think this is a good idea or are we supposed to leave the job to them? I agree the criminals were idiots, but still....
David B January 23, 2013 at 09:30 AM
These two guys stole from me and my wife. She no longer wants to live at my house because she is scared. You people who are not glad with this person being shot are stupid. If u disagree let him rob u of everything u own and see how u feel.
David B January 23, 2013 at 09:33 AM
He is lucky I was not home when he broke into my home. Trust me, he would not be talking at all!
David B January 23, 2013 at 09:36 AM
John Seymour you might be the most retarded person in this world!
ZP January 23, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I am happy these thugs have been arrested, and sad that a neighbor felt so unsupported by law enforcement that he found it necessary to use deadly force. I am grateful that his first stray bullet did not kill a mother or child out for a stroll and that his second stray bullet hit the perpetrator. The shooter concerns me because he works around the neighborhood and keeps his off-leash pit bull with him. If DeKalb County Police could schedule regular patrols through the neighborhood, perhaps the shooter would leave his gun at home and keep his dog on a leash, and the criminals would have to look elsewhere.
Jesse Angell January 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I do not like the attitude of people who second guess the victim in this case. I doubt most of you, if any and me included, could keep perfectly under control. Until you have had his experience I would refrain from judgement. The only mistake he made was letting this guy live. He now has to worry about "street justice" from the perp or his "peeps". And they have all the advantages. Chief of which is the utter lack of faith you people have in your neighbor. Buddy, next time send that bullet my way, I'll take that chance and live with it if it helps you defend our neighborhood.
Brett January 24, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I agree Jesse.
Jan January 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM
I am the shooter. The report is not totally accurate. I did not fire any shots into the air. I shot 2 warning shots into the soft dirt near his feet as he approached me. I was within my right to use deadly force when he then attacked me with his left arm in front and his right arm behind his back reaching for...I knew not what. I pushed him away, creating distance, just like I was trained, and shot him in the leg. I am in agreement that gun owners should be trained and I am. Thank God we live in a country where we can still protect ourselves and our neighbors. Pray the fools do not infringe upon that right.
Jan January 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Thanks jesse
Todd February 01, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Thank you Jan...these guys robbed my house a week prior to your encounter with them. Unfortunately, police told me they had already sold everything stolen from me, so I cannot recoup my losses. On the other hand, it makes me feel better and more secure that these felons got caught...and I was happy to hear that one of them was injured in the process. Hopefully that is a deterrent for future robberies.


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