Police: Man shoots, kills alleged school burglar

A Macon man told police he shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning after he saw the man burglarize the former Winship Elementary School on Beech Avenue and later force his way into his Birch Street home.

Cedric Dean, 42, said he saw Antron Williams, Tapeka Holt, Pee’ Air Davison and Leroy Pearl at the school, according to a Macon police news release from Thursday morning.

The four alleged burglars saw Dean watching them from his front porch and left in a sport utility vehicle, according to the release.

Dean told police that Williams and Pearl later returned to his house, ran onto the porch and forced their way through the front door.

Police said Dean fired one shot at Williams and Pearl, striking Williams, who was pronounced dead at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

An autopsy later showed Williams was shot in the chest, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

When police arrived at about 3:30 a.m., Dean and his daughter were standing at the door. Williams, who was no longer breathing or moving, was on the steps. Dean’s daughter had called 911, according to a police report released Thursday.

“They’re all around here breaking into stuff and he was kicking my door trying to get in, so I shot him,” Dean told the officers, according to a the report.

The rifle Dean used to shoot Williams was leaning in the corner of his living room when police arrived.

Police put Dean in the back of a patrol car while they talked with his daughter. She said she heard a loud noise, but did not see the shooting, according to the report.

Holt, Pearl and Davison — Williams’ girlfriend — then arrived in a green Ford Expedition. Holt and Davison screamed, “he shot him for nothing. He just wanted a glass of water,” according to the report.

Police have said Holt, Pearl and Davison also called 911. In addition to leaving Williams, they left three coils of aluminum wiring at Dean’s home, but police have not said whether it came from.

Although Macon police initially reported that Dean watched a burglary at Miller Middle School on Hendley Street, there were no problems at the school Wednesday, said David Gowan, director of risk management for Bibb County schools.

Macon police are investigating whether the Winship school was burglarized. The school system no longer owns the property, Gowan said.

There was an attempted break-in at Miller Middle on Monday. A window was broken, but nothing was taken, he said.As of Thursday, no charges had been filed against Dean for shooting Williams.

Dean was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and on outstanding child support bench warrants, according to police.

Davison, 23, of Walker Avenue, is charged with one count of burglary. Pearl, 38, and Holt, 27, both of Anthony Circle, are each charged with two counts of burglary, according to the release.

Writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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