Malik Hyatt and his sister were sitting in their apartment last Monday morning when suddenly there was a commotion at the front door. The 19-year-old looked through the peephole and saw a strange masked gunman, who was trying to kick in the door.
Malik calmly told Taffany, his 22-year-old sister, to hide in her room. He then grabbed a firearm and went back to the door. As the pounding relentlessly continued, Malik fired through the door twice, striking the would-be intruder, later identified as Eric Ransom, 22. Investigators found Ransom dead on the front stoop with a T-shirt covering his face and a handgun laying at his side.
Police quickly labeled the shooting “justifiable homicide,” as the suspect was unmistakably attempting a forcible entry. DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told WFTV-9, “In home invasions, you never know what the suspect’s motives are. Maybe it’s money. Maybe the victim had something they wanted.”