Police: Armed robbery suspect shot by homeowner in Stockbridge home invasion

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STOCKBRIDGE — A 31-year-old man suspected in a Stockbridge armed robbery is dead following a Tuesday night home invasion and shooting, according to the Henry County Police Department.

Robert MacDonald was found shot and killed at a home on Kinsey Drive late Tuesday. A homeowner's adult son held MacDonald at gunpoint after he allegedly broke into the home, and after calling for help, MacDonald was shot in his chest by the man's father.

The Police Department announced MacDonald’s death in a press release Wednesday afternoon. His description matched that of an armed robbery suspect who reportedly held a knife to an employee at a Stockbridge Dollar General one hour before the home invasion, a spokesman stated in the release.

Officers were called to the East Atlanta Road business at about 9:42 p.m. Tuesday to reports of a robbery, “where the suspect held a knife to an employee and told her to give him the money in the register,” Capt. Mike Ireland stated.

“The suspect took the money and ran and jumped into the bed of a truck that was waiting outside,” Ireland stated in the release. “A uniform officer who was responding to the scene attempted to stop the vehicle. The male jumped from the bed of the truck and fled.”

While detectives were still on scene at the Dollar General, another call came in to 911 dispatch at about 10:40 p.m. A man matching the description of the armed robbery suspect had broken into the Kinsey Drive home and was shot, according to police.

The homeowner told responding officers that he was alerted to the intruder by his dogs barking. After checking the exterior of his home and finding nothing, the man then returned to his bedroom. He reportedly then heard glass break.

The man's son came face-to-face with MacDonald in a hallway.

“The suspect approached him in a threatening manner,” Ireland stated, "had cuts on his hands and advised him he was running from the police.”

Grabbing a nearby shotgun, the son held the man at gunpoint and called for help. His father heard the outcry and came out of his room with a handgun, firing a shot toward MacDonald and striking him in his chest.

According to police, the men immediately called 911 to report the home invasion and shooting. The homeowner's wife was also in the home at the time of the incident.

MacDonald was pronounced dead at the scene. No other suspects have been identified in the armed robbery.

“The incident is still under investigation,” Ireland stated.

This story has been updated from its original version.

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Public safety reporter Chelsea Prince joined the Henry Herald and Clayton News Daily in 2016. She is a graduate of Emory University.

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