Editor's note: Due to incorrect information, an earlier version of the story had the wrong first name and age of the man who fatally shot an intruder. Joseph Patterson, 69, is accused of killing Anthony James Lawson during a break-in at his home Monday. The Chronicle regrets the error.
An Augusta man was fatally shot early Monday by the resident of an Wrightsboro Road home while attempting to break into the residence, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
The man killed was identified by authorities as Anthony James Lawson, 40, of 3411 Charing Cross Road, of Augusta. He was shot at a residence in the 2400 block of Wrightsboro Road and pronounced dead at 3:38 a.m., Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.
The resident, Joseph Patterson, 69, told sheriff’s investigators that Lawson attempted to kick open the front door of the home and then pushed a window air conditioner out to get inside. Patterson then shot Lawson with a handgun, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Lawson’s body was found inside the residence, according to the release.
Authorities said Patterson did not know Lawson, and had called 911 when the kicking began. Patterson is not being charged with any offenses at this time and the case is still under investigation, the release stated.