Homicide investigation ongoing after Decatur burglary

Published: May. 13, 2018 at 5:42 PM CDT|Updated: May. 15, 2018 at 11:51 AM CDT
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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Decatur Police are conducting an investigation after a burglary resulted in a homicide.

Around 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, police say 24-year-old Tchaasu Ankhkara Taylor, of Madison, broke into a home on Creek Meadow Drive. They tell us he grabbed a knife and at some point got into a fight with the two people inside before shots were fired and he was killed.

It all started two houses down, according to neighbors.

The owner of the home said Taylor tried walking into his home but their dog scared him off. He stole a flag before using a belt to break into the home two doors down.

"I have grandkids that live across the street. My son and daughter live across the street. I mean, it could've been us. So, I think we're gonna look at things a little different." said neighbor Scott Sims.

Many people who live on the street have called the quiet place home for over twenty years. The community is so tight knit, they all know and trust each other to keep doors unlocked.

"It's so quiet back here that no one thinks its going to happen back here." added Sims.

With little answers as to why the intruder was in that neighborhood in the first place, Scott Sims has some serious concerns. For now, he just prays for his neighbors.

"God bless you and luckily you were able to protect yourself. Our prayers are with you." said Sims.

Due to a conflict of interest because of family ties to the Trinity Police Department, Decatur Police will actually lead the investigation.

The two people inside taken to Huntsville Hospital for some minor injuries. They were seen returning home Sunday afternoon.

Huntsville police also reported that Taylor had been arrested just days before the incident in Trinity. He had been charged on Wednesday with two counts of kidnapping and four counts of domestic violence. He had also been arrested in July 2017 for possessing a concealed weapon without a permit and again in August on two counts of burglary.

Taylor was also a business major at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2015 and a swimmer at Grissom High School in 2012.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.

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