Edward Davidson and his wife were asleep when someone kicked in the front door shortly before midnight, police said.
Davidson got out of bed to confront one or more intruders when he was shot and killed, police said.
Davidson’s wife did not witness the shooting, but she looked out the window and saw two people fleeing, police said. She had called 911 at 11:57 p.m. to report a burglary in progress, that someone was kicking at the door.
The woman could only describe the suspects as black males, but investigators worked with her Tuesday to come up with better descriptions.
Police would not say if a vehicle was involved or release other details of the burglary and murder.
“There was a break-in to the residence, and right now the only thing I can tell you is there were at least two people involved, but there’s no basic description of them yet,” Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said on Tuesday.
“Mr. Davidson and his wife were in bed, and when got out to confront the perpetrators he was subsequently shot,” Holeman said. “The only information we have right now is from his wife, but it was dark at the time and we’re still trying to enhance that information.”
The Davidsons’ home is located in northwest Athens-Clarke County, between Jefferson Road and Vincent Drive.
The murder was the fifth this year in the county.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone responsible for Davidson’s death.