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Alleged intruder dead in Macon shooting, shooter hit with hammer

Law enforcement officers investigate a burglary in progress that ended with an alleged intruder shot dead Thursday.
Law enforcement officers investigate a burglary in progress that ended with an alleged intruder shot dead Thursday. wmarshall@macon.com

A report of a burglary in progress ended with an alleged intruder shot dead Thursday inside a west Macon home.

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies got a call about 6:30 a.m. and arrived at 4028 Suzanne Drive within minutes to find 20-year-old Drevon Lashuwn McLaurin, who had suffered head wounds in the confrontation, said Lt. Randy Gonzalez.

“The caller said that he was being attacked by an intruder into his residence,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said while briefing the media at the scene.

The intruder allegedly hit the man in the head with a hammer, sending the resident to the hospital in an ambulance.

The suspected burglar, Andrew Darrell Brown, 49, of Edwards Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

The body was in the living room of the house at the end of Suzanne Drive, a few blocks off Napier Avenue.

McLaurin was listed in stable condition later Thursday, according to a news release.

“The person who was in the house, the resident, had a firearm,” Davis said. “He shot the attacker who was attacking him with the hammer.”

Neither man owned the house, Davis said.

“We’re looking at all this, just piecing it all together and trying to figure out exactly how these people came to be in the house,” Davis said after Brown’s body was taken from the house.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday at the GBI crime lab in Macon.

Brown suffered gunshot wounds to the lower extremities, possibly hitting a main artery, but the autopsy will determine the extent of the injuries, Jones said.

Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare removed three dogs that were chained outside the property, but another one was shut inside a bathroom in the house as investigators looked for clues.

Animal welfare officers remained on the street to pick up the fourth dog once the scene was clear.

A crime scene unit gathered evidence inside the house as investigators worked to determine what happened.

Greater Bellevue Baptist Church pastor David Stephens recently organized a neighborhood canvas in which people knocked on doors to meet neighbors and invite them to the fellowship.

The shooting death weighed heavy on Stephens, who came to Suzanne Drive to find out what happened.

“It hurts that this has taken place. Bellevue is not a bad community, at all,” Stephens said. “It’s just unfortunate we have these type of incidents to take place.”

Davis said the Sheriff’s Office does not get regular calls in the neighborhood.

“This is certainly the first time we’ve had anything this serious out here,” he said.

Investigators will be looking into Brown’s background and talking to McLaurin to determine exactly what happened.

Anyone with information about the shooting, or who heard gunfire early Thursday in the Bellevue community off Napier Avenue, is urged to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68CRIME.

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