Georgia teen shoots and kills one of three armed robbers trying to break into family’s home.


COBB COUNTY, GA  – Police in the city of Marietta are investigating an incident that involved three armed robbers attempting to break into a home.

The miscreants were instead stopped by an armed 17-year-old inside of the residence, leaving one of the suspects dead.

Authorities say that a 17-year-old shot and killed one of three would-be armed robbers who attempted to break into the victim’s home late in the evening on March 22nd.  

One of the suspects, 21-year-old Machavellia Bagsby, was struck by the armed juvenile’s gunfire and died at the scene.

Another suspect, 21-year-old Taruss Miller, was shot in the leg during the armed robbery.

A Ring video doorbell captured footage of the suspect Miller after he was shot in the leg.

He can be seen begging a homeowner to contact the police regarding the sustained gunshot wound to his leg.

Police have not determined if Miller was struck by either the victim’s gunfire or one of the alleged assailants involved.

The two surviving suspects, Miller and an unnamed 16-year-old juvenile, have been charged with murder, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, burglary, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

We at Law Enforcement Today always enjoy hearing about someone being able to protect their home. Earlier this month, we reported on another armed homeowner that protected house and family in El Cerrito, California. 

Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place at a residence in the town of El Cerrito, where a homeowner fatally shot a suspected burglar allegedly trying to enter his home.

Police officials say that the shooting happened in the early morning hours of March 14th.

Officers from the El Cerrito Police Department arrived at the home where the incident occurred at around 1:00 a.m. that Saturday, after a call came in from a woman saying that there was someone who had broken into her garage.

The woman who had initially contacted police was said to have retreated to one of the bedrooms inside the home along with her daughter, while her husband made his way to the garage while being armed.

Officers say that the armed father witnessed someone who was trying to make their way into the home via a glass backdoor.

press release by Captain Robert De La Campa of the ECPD stated the following after the discovery of the alleged intruder:

“The male resident shouted at the intruder, who did not leave. The resident felt threatened that the intruder was going to enter the home and he felt he was acting in defense of himself and his family, so he shot at the intruder. The intruder immediately ran from the scene.”

By the time police had arrived at the scene, they discovered a deceased male, reportedly believed to be in his twenties, in a roadway near the home.

Police have not yet identified the deceased suspect, as they stated they’re in the process of commencing familial notification of his death.

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office will play a part in reviewing the incident to ascertain if the force used by the homeowner was lawful in the described scenario. At this time though, police have not made any arrests connected with the incident.

While the investigation into the shooting is very early, this has all the makings of a justified use of self defense if what the homeowner alleges is true. 

Last month, we shared another story of what happens when alleged burglars meet the man of the house while they’re packing protection. 

In Alabama, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office released details on a home invasion gone bad – that is, it went bad for the alleged intruder.

Sheriff Bill Franklin detailed the events that took place on February 24th inside of a family’s home where a notorious local forcibly made his way in and demanded the homeowner’s property.

The only thing that the homeowner gave the alleged robber was four lead souvenirs to the head, shoulder, bicep, and left leg.

Charles Virgil Bowne is currently in the hospital in critical condition, after meeting the father of the home he allegedly broke into Monday morning. The 39-year-old suspect had broken into a home in Elmore County at around 4:45 a.m. that morning.

When the father of the home heard the break-in, he grabbed his gun.

Sheriff Franklin spoke about how it went down:

“I got a young couple in their 20s; daddy, momma, and a young child at home when daddy hears a commotion in the front of the house.”

That’s when the father came face to face with Bowne, and Bowne allegedly began demanding that the homeowner hand over his property.

Ask, and you shall receive.

Sheriff Franklin noted on the interaction:

“Mr. Bowne then makes a move like he’s going into his front pocket and the homeowner fires several times.”

From there, Bowne was taken by helicopter to a Montgomery hospital and is listed as being in very critical condition.

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The sheriff had reason to believe that Bowne may have been under the influence at the time of the break-in, but couldn’t confirm if and what substance(s) were present inside of the suspect at the time:

“There was evidence of forced entry into the home. We searched Mr. Bowne and didn’t find a weapon, but we did find a crack pipe tucked into his sock.” 

Apparently, the alleged home invader was on a bit of a small crime spree when it pertains to forcing his way into neighborhood homes.

Sheriff Franklin stated that Bowne had another complaint filed against less than 24 hours before this latest incident occurred.

The sheriff explained the details on the alleged Sunday morning incident:

“This neighbor said he woke up to find Mr. Bowne standing over his bed. Mr. Bowne drew back his fist several times while yelling ‘What’s up?’ at the man, making a motion like he was going to strike the man. Mr. Bowne was lucky he wasn’t shot Sunday morning.”

 The suspect in both cases lives in the neighborhood, according to the sheriff, and was recently released from prison in Indiana due to various theft convictions.

If the suspect does survive from the shooting, the county intends to charge Bowne with first-degree burglary.

As for the homeowner in this case, he’s likely not going to see any charges stem from his actions to protect his home and family.

When the sheriff was asked about the possible fate of the father who shot Bowne, he stated:

“We certainly won’t be pursuing any charges against the man. This man was defending his home and his family. We still operate from the premise in Elmore County that a man’s home is his castle.

The grand jury will review the case, but we don’t expect charges to be coming.”

Once again, a good guy with a gun prevails. Had the father not been carrying at that exact moment, then who knows what could have played out inside that home.

Furthermore, there’s no telling how many more people the suspect would have victimized through home invasions had he been able to accomplish his alleged crime and continue about his way.

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