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Homeowner shoots, kills intruder who barged into his home in Cobb County

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A Cobb County man shot and killed an intruder who allegedly barged into his home and was behaving erratically late Tuesday.

On Wednesday, police identified the dead intruder as 30-year-old Michael Verucci. They were still searching for at least one other man who they believe may have been an accomplice, according to Cobb County police.

The home invasion happened around 11 p.m. at 1872 Dorsey Road in Marietta, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said in an emailed statement. Officers responded to the home after getting a report of a person shot, he said.

When they arrived, they met with the homeowner who told them that he had just shot an intruder inside his home, Bowman said. In addition, the homeowner told investigators that he saw a second suspect leave the area in a vehicle.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office arrived and assumed jurisdiction of the body, the spokesman said. Police have not said whether either of the intruders were armed. Still, they don’t expect to file any charges against the homeowner, Bowman said.

The homeowner, whose name was not released, said he was interviewed by detectives for hours before being released, according to media reports.

He said two men banged on his door late Tuesday and forced their way into his home, with the first man screaming at him and behaving erratically, the station reported. After he shot the first man, the homeowner watched the second man run away and get into a waiting car.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Cobb County police at 770-499-3945.

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