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Madison man identified as alleged intruder fatally shot in Trinity

Courtesy: Madison County Sheriff's Office

TRINITY, Ala. — Officials have released the identity of the young man killed during a burglary early Sunday morning.

Decatur investigators say 24-year-old Tchaasu Ankhkara Taylor, of Madison, was pronounced dead at the scene by Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn. Investigators say Taylor forced entry into a home on Creek Meadow Drive around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

“Decatur police believe Taylor is the sole suspect and acted alone,” according to a DPD statement.

Officials say that as police responded, multiple shots were fired inside the house and when officers arrived on the scene, they learned that the intruder broke into the back of the home and armed himself with a knife.

Two residents were injured in the struggle and Taylor was shot and passed away from injuries on the scene according to authorities.

The Decatur Police Department say they were asked to take over the investigation for Trinity Police due to a family conflict. At this point, no charges will be filed. The facts of the case will be presented to the Morgan County Grand Jury for consideration.

WHNT has learned Taylor was released from jail charged with serious crimes three days before police say he broke into the home. He was arrested on May 9 for kidnapping and domestic violence and released the next day on a $31,500 bond.

Huntsville Police Department says around 5 a.m. on May 5, Taylor kidnapped his girlfriend from a business on Highway 72. Authorities tell WHNT Taylor pushed his girlfriend inside a vehicle and drove her to Muscle Shoals. HPD says Taylor had multiple weapons in the car, including a knife. Taylor was accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend while driving. Police also say Taylor pushed his girlfriend out of the vehicle at an area hospital.

Taylor does not have an extensive criminal history, so police say that’s likely why he was given bond on the kidnapping and domestic violence charges. It’s still unclear if those charges have anything to do with the home invasion in Trinity.

WHNT also learned Taylor completed his degree in Marketing at the University of Alabama Huntsville on May 6.