Man shoots car burglar, police say

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Police say an Augusta man will not be charged after he shot and wounded a juvenile breaking into his vehicle on Alene Circle Saturday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the man interrupted the car break-in and fired his .40-caliber handgun at the youth several times.

One bullet struck the suspect, breaking his clavicle, police said. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia hospital for treatment. A second suspect fled the area, the news release stated.

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Pu239
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Pu239 04/24/11 - 01:59 pm
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Don't make me go pop the
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Don't make me go pop the trunk on you....

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/24/11 - 02:15 pm
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I'm surprised he wasn't

I'm surprised he wasn't charged but glad at the same time. Might make the next thief think twice.

jayman
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jayman 04/24/11 - 03:07 pm
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You do have a right to

You do have a right to protect yourself and your property, so why would he be charged???????

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/24/11 - 03:25 pm
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I've known people to be

I've known people to be charged for defending themselves around here. I don't think he should be charged at all. The thieves could have had guns and shot him.

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brave_falcon1 04/24/11 - 03:58 pm
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I don't think he should be

I don't think he should be charged, but at the same time wonder if feared his life was in danger or rather his property. I would have been concerned for innocent bystanders who could have been struck by a stray bullet.

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aubaug 04/24/11 - 04:19 pm
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So proud of the man who

So proud of the man who defended his property. Scumbags will begin to think twice before violating a person's property if they know people are armed and ready! brave_falcon1: Change your screen name to squeemish_falcon1; there are more people in Augusta, than you realize, that are well-trained to handle a firearm.

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brave_falcon1 04/24/11 - 05:28 pm
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I guess we should just

I guess we should just disregard those who are untrained in handling firearms who might shoot their neighbors four year old playing in the front yard.

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Einstein 04/24/11 - 05:31 pm
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Did a four year old get shot

Did a four year old get shot breaking into a car?!? I think I missed something here. Let's not fabricate things to bolster our political agenda.

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Einstein 04/24/11 - 05:36 pm
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Oh no.... Are we going to get

Oh no.... Are we going to get all of the posts now about how these thrived are pillars of the community that are simply, "lost," and "confused?"

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Sweet son 04/24/11 - 05:46 pm
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AC has two different articles

AC has two different articles on this same story with different comments. Defend yourself, defend others, defend your home when someone enters but shooting a juvenile or anyone over entering an automobile is just not smart. Deadly force was used even though the guy did not die. If the suspect produces a weapon, then it is a different story.

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No_Longer_Amazed 04/24/11 - 07:43 pm
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In the other related story

In the other related story this happened "shortly after midnight," so I doubt there would have been "innocent bystanders" or a "neighbors four year old playing in the front yard."

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nycweeks 04/25/11 - 02:05 am
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"fired...at the youth several

"fired...at the youth several times". The shooter must have really loved the thing in his car. The burglar must have been running toward the shooter, also. If the burglar was running away from the shooter, or if the shooter did not REALLY love the thing in his car, he would not have kept firing at him. All of you people that are complaining about the shooter using excessive force, have to understand that...the burglar was running toward the shooter, threatening and taunting him with the thing he had just stolen from the shooter. The shooter had to keep firing at the burglar...he kept missing and the burglar kept coming...he did it for all of us.

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Asitisinaug 04/25/11 - 02:37 am
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The laws have changed are are

The laws have changed are are finally in the favor of victims not criminals. If the above occurred as stated in the article then victim was within his legal rights to protect his vehicle, home, and/or business, even by lethal force....You don't have to drag em in the window anymore...

By current law, this victim CAN NOT be charged and has ZERO civil liability...as it should be.

Defense from a forcible felony; A person is justified in using threats or force to the degree they reasonably believe it is necessary to stop another person's imminent use of unlawful force. A person is justified in using deadly force which may harm or kill only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony (unless it is regarding defense of habitation, which has it's own requirements below).

You are not justified if you were the aggressor or you are/were/on-the-way-to committing a felony. (The state has pre-empted local cities and counties from further restricting this defense.)(16-3-21)

Defense of habitation; (here habitation means dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business) A person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if:

A person is breaking\has broken into your home in a violent and tumultuous manner, and you think that the intruder is going to assault you or someone else living there.

A person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters the residence and you know it is an unlawful entry.

The person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the purpose of committing a felony therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony.

(Stand Your Ground/Shoot First/License To Murder - went into effect July 1st, 2006) If you have determined you need to use lethal force (as stated in one of the underlined "Defense" sections immediately above) you do not have to try to retreat before using that force. If your defense is valid, you are immune from criminal prosecution and civil liability actions. (16-3-23.1, 16-3-24.2, 51-11-9)

Fatboyhog, the victim is covered under the defense of habitation which includes a persons vehicle and does not require a forcible felony to be taking place. He is actually covered 2 ways so long as the vehicle was locked and then broken into.

There are many scenerios that occur when you approach this situation armed as a victim. Frankly, I will ALWAYS side with the victim instead of the criminal or the police vs. the criminal because they are making split second decisions. There was more than one suspect, etc. etc. and as many cops know...in the time it takes you to say "Freeze" or "Stop, it's the Police", one of the thugs could have already shot you.

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fred1 04/25/11 - 06:32 am
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It seems to me he didn't

It seems to me he didn't shoot enough or didn't practice enought to stop this thug from ever again breaking into someones car to get what he won't work for. RIP would have been the best ending for this story.

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CobaltGeorge 04/25/11 - 08:07 am
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fred1, I rate your post the

fred1, I rate your post the best so far for which should have been a RIP head lines.

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emergencyfan 04/25/11 - 10:39 am
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Asitisinaug, I assume that's

Asitisinaug, I assume that's GA law, not SC law, right?

Adder
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Adder 04/25/11 - 12:55 pm
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If an innocent bystander had
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If an innocent bystander had been shot, It would be the fault of the thieves. It's like an uninsured motorist, they are not allowed to be there. They caused the situation by breaking the law in the first place.

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