Macon police say they will not file charges against the man who killed and alleged burglar.
Police Sgt. Melanie Hofmann says when officers reached Apartment B-15 at 455 Pursley Street, they found a 50-year-old man on the floor with multiple gun shot wounds.
Melissa Childs says the quiet apartment building she calls home became a crime scene when someone broke into her neighbor's apartment.
"It was like a rattling noise like someone trying to pry something open. And then after that I heard the gunshots and that's when I jumped and went in there where my uncle was," said Childs.
The shooting happened around 10:15 Thursday night.
Cedric Williams who lives in the apartment said he and his girlfriend were asleep when they heard someone trying to break in. When he looked up he saw someone inside and started firing.
Police say they found 50-year old Jackie Leon Fort with multiple gunshot wounds. He died on the scene.
Some neighbors say Williams did what he had to do.
"What's yours is supposed to be yours, you know, you've got to protect your house and your home and your family," said Michael Norwood.
Macon police say they don't plan to charge Williams.
"As of now the evidence we have in front of us that we relay to the DA's office, comes up to justifiable," said Lt. Carl Fletcher.
He says police investigated the homicide as they would any other and the evidence supported Williams' story.
Childs says there have been several other break-ins since she moved in about 5 months ago, and she hopes this serves as a lesson to thieves.
"That is not right to take other people's stuff and they can get killed too," she said.
Police say Fort had been booked into the Bibb County jail 24 times in the past."