Burglar shoots pursuer in chest, escapes

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An Augusta man was nursing a bullet wound Monday as a reminder that the good guys don't always win.

Christopher Hoops caught a man burglarizing his brother's truck and gave chase, only to be shot when the bandit turned and fired.

Hoops, 23, was treated for a chest wound at an area hospital. Contacted by telephone at his home in the 1100 block of Glenwood Drive later Monday, he said he had a headache and hung up.

Authorities were still searching for the burglar Monday night.

Asked to offer advice on the danger of trying to make a citizen's arrest, Capt. Scott Peebles straddled the fence.

"We tell people to measure their ability against the fact that this person might be armed," said Peebles. "We're not going to tell people to not get involved."

However, Peebles said, in most cases it's best to contact police first.

"You can't take anything for granted. Some of them are armed even though a lot of them are not," he said.

Typically, the younger the burglars, the more likely they're armed, Peebles said.

Twice this summer, Richmond County residents shot burglars they caught in the act.

On Aug. 15, 19-year-old Milo Frederick Hayes III was shot after a resident said he saw Hayes breaking into a truck in the 2000 block of Westfield Drive, according to an incident report.

Brete Gunby chased Hayes for nearly 100 feet, with Hayes throwing an ice scraper and calculator at Gunby in his attempt to get away.

When Hayes reached into his pocket for the third time, Gunby fired, striking him in the abdomen. Hayes spent almost a month in a hospital before he was released, and immediately arrested, on Sept. 7. Since then, he has posted bail.

Gunby was not charged, Sgt. Dan Carrier confirmed.

On Aug. 20, Judge Carlisle Overstreet shot and killed a man who broke into his Summerville home.

Despite those well-publicized cases, Peebles said he hasn't seen an increase in burglars carrying guns.

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myopinion3
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myopinion3 10/25/10 - 08:30 am
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Break into vehicles.....thats

Break into vehicles.....thats the price you re gonna pay

Dionysus
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Dionysus 10/25/10 - 08:43 am
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The vehicle owner was the one

The vehicle owner was the one who got shot while he was chasing the would be robbers FYI.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/25/10 - 09:07 am
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Nothing is worth being shot

Nothing is worth being shot over. Maybe now he'll learn that those scum aren't playing. He could've died.

Hope he's learned a valuable lesson from this.

RAWR
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RAWR 10/25/10 - 11:41 am
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What a very cold hearted

What a very cold hearted statement corgi. People need to arm themselves and give these scumbags a taste of their own medicine.

marie21
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marie21 10/25/10 - 11:45 am
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Corgimon, you are right,

Corgimon, you are right, nothing is worth being shot over. This neighborhood is having a a tough time lately with lots of people breaking into houses and vehicles. Why do these low-lifes think they need to steal from others. Get a job and get your own stuff. I don't understand the mentality of people like this. It isn't just "hard times". The government has proved it will hand out to anybody who doesn't want to work. One of these days the idiots doing these crime are going to get shot in this or any other neighborhood and you know what . . . THEY GET WHAT THEY DESERVE!!!

sueboo418
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sueboo418 10/25/10 - 12:13 pm
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Maybe he should have been

Maybe he should have been like the guy in South Augusta not long ago who went after someone breaking into his neighbors truck and he shot the guy, only thing he did wrong was that he didn't kill the guy. Maybe if he had it would deter other idiots from breaking in vehicles. It's just not safe anywhere any more.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/25/10 - 12:42 pm
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Where is Glennwood Dr?

Where is Glennwood Dr?

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 10/25/10 - 01:05 pm
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aug citiz, National Hills.

aug citiz, National Hills.

Dionysus
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Dionysus 10/25/10 - 01:07 pm
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It's right across Washington

It's right across Washington Rd from the Augusta National. One block off Azalea Drive.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/25/10 - 01:28 pm
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remember, if it didn't happen

remember, if it didn't happen in the Central Business District, it don't matter. answering machines in this neighborhood have been getting a lot of calls from the association about suspicious characters and break-ins lately.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/25/10 - 02:28 pm
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This is in National Hills

This is in National Hills right across from the Augusta National.. just off Azaela Dr. These folks have been experiencing a terrible crime wave recently (like 6 break-ins in just the last week or so)...of course no word from the mayor.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 10/25/10 - 02:40 pm
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I spent the better part of

I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon going door to door in National Hills. The number one thing they are concerned with in this election season is crime, and the fact that it is not being discussed nor openly dealt with by our Mayor or Sheriff. I know how they feel and hate it that a crime wave has hit their wonderful area. I would like to encourage the media to begin to ask the hard questions to the right people, as well as ask for solutions. I feel that I have been ostracized for making crime a central issue for my campaign. Ask Sean Frantom what his central issue is and he will say, "Crime." Why can't it be an issue for a Mayoral candidate? It IS the issue on the minds of the citizens of this city and needs to be discussed openly and honestly. As long as we pretend that it does not exist, we are wasting precious time in getting on top of the issue. I need your vote for Mayor Nov. 2.

Dionysus
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Dionysus 10/25/10 - 03:09 pm
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Ms Davis, would you help

Ms Davis, would you help facilitate The Augusta National buying the tenement housing known as Madison on the Green apartments where the thugs in that area are coming from and relocate the residents to Harrisburg? That would instantly clean up National Hills.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/25/10 - 03:12 pm
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Funny Dio..We have enough in

Funny Dio..We have enough in Harrisburg as it is. How about relocating them to where YOU live?

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 10/25/10 - 03:13 pm
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Dion - I think your sarcasm

Dion - I think your sarcasm is in the wrong place here

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 10/25/10 - 03:14 pm
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I'm sure that you are well

I'm sure that you are well aware that I live in Harrisburg and have been fighting the same issues for over three years now. As a matter of fact, this problem is all over Richmond county. I will not take offense to your comments. Criminals need to be in jail, period, and not relocated.

urright
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urright 10/25/10 - 03:26 pm
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Nothing like using a crime

Nothing like using a crime victim as a political campaign spot. Pitiful. The mayor has nothing to do with the crime rate or how the criminals are dealt with--that is the job of the state legislature. A county ordinance is not going to solve the bigger problem of violent crime--it will only get the criminals out of your backyard and into someone else's.

Dionysus
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Dionysus 10/25/10 - 03:29 pm
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My question was not meant to

My question was not meant to be offensive. I have watched your efforts, and those of your supporters, to clean up Harrisburg. To date they have not been completely successful. I doubt that if your merry band is unable to clean up one neighborhood, the entire county is out of the question. No reasonable person wants crime in their neighborhood. I also think we can all agree criminals belong in jail. However, without the corporate connections to bring more jobs and tax revenue into ARC like Deke has done quietly and behind the scenes (except for the cutting ribbons part once the deals are completed), I don't see how it's possible to increase or fund the law enforcement presence countywide. I do thank you for your response and wish you well on election day.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/25/10 - 03:37 pm
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Without safe streets who in

Without safe streets who in their right mind will EVER want to relocate here. Much less open a business?

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 10/25/10 - 03:43 pm
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Dio, Thanks for wishing me

Dio, Thanks for wishing me well. A lot of things need to be changed to help with the issues. We need technical high schools as well as college prep high schools. If our young people are trained to do something by the time they drop out of school, they would be able to go into the workforce with a bit of experience. On the other hand, if they are learning a trade that they enjoy, they may not drop out. Solving the problems begins with opportunities for the young people Our young people are growing up in situations that seem perfectly normal for them. I see it everyday in my neighborhood. If we don't address crime, we will not get the best businesses in this city, but only low paying jobs. If we don't address crime with full force, our tax base will continue to erode.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/25/10 - 03:47 pm
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I wonder where the 2nd round

I wonder where the 2nd round ended up. I don't want stray rounds coming through my window. If you arm yourself get some training. Putting a round in the dirt will scare most crooks off.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 10/25/10 - 04:15 pm
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Augusta Resident, I agree

Augusta Resident, I agree with training for people who use firearms, however in this case it was the crooks who shot the resident. The crooks don't care who they hit.

Dionysus
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Dionysus 10/25/10 - 04:20 pm
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The important lesson should

The important lesson should probably be "If you are unarmed, do not take off running after armed thugs".

iLove
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iLove 10/25/10 - 04:22 pm
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I agree. It starts with the
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I agree. It starts with the youth.

I am voting for Ms. Davis. We don't need "deals" and "connections" as much as we need level headed thinking. We need someone who understands that with hard work and more positive attention given to our YOUTH, the possibilities are endless. I am sure Ms. Davis will fight just as hard for the entire city of Augusta, not just certain sections.

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Abby-noll 10/25/10 - 07:10 pm
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CorporalGripweed: Without

CorporalGripweed: Without safe streets who in their right mind will EVER want to relocate here. Much less open a business?

EXACTLY! We need to come up with some solution to this problem before we can move forward. It's only getting worse.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/25/10 - 07:41 pm
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Nothing is worth getting shot

Nothing is worth getting shot over.

Death is forever- anything in a car can be replaced.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/25/10 - 07:44 pm
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There are 875 million known

There are 875 million known firearms in the world, according to the 2007 Small Arms Survey by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies. And American citizens own 270 million of them. If firearms made the place safe, America would be the safest place on earth instead of being one of the world's most crime plagued societies.

dougk
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dougk 10/25/10 - 08:38 pm
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To Lori Davis. Yes, you are
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To Lori Davis. Yes, you are right ---gainful employment, trade or otherwise, and some hope for a future insulates people from criminal activilty. In these days, however, what "trade" do you suggest young people learn? Our technological advances and cheap labor overseas have bankrupted our need for trade, manual, and manufactuing labor.

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RoadkiII 10/25/10 - 09:03 pm
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OK, I live in Columbia County

OK, I live in Columbia County so things may be a little different but not much. At one time we were starting to have problems in my street/neighborhood. We called the CCSO and asked about some information on the Community Watch program. A deputy was sent out to explain it to us. He also brought along signs we could place on our property. After a few phone calls from concerned neighbors looking out for each other each time the thugs made an appearance, the thugs soon left our street. Sorry to the folks in RC, but we just didn't want them. Point is, if neighbors ban together you can make a difference.

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Asitisinaug 10/25/10 - 09:13 pm
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Cutting our Law Enforcement

Cutting our Law Enforcement officers work days by 2 days this year and supposedly 5 days next year is doing absolutely NOTHING to help fight crime in this area. Public Safety was going to be left our of the furloughs but so many other city employees cried foul, they were furloughed as well. Same as when raises were going to finally be given to the Sheriff's Office, the Fire Department then others expressed their concerns and needs for raises and of course everything went downhill from there. The Fire Department salaries are in line with other comparable departments throughout the area and state although their insurance does need improvement. Most other departments are also inline and in some cases, many are overpaid and some should not even have jobs. As for the Sheriff's Office, there is waste here as well and some employees who are being retained at high salaries although they do almost nothing on a daily basis - every deputy and most commissoners as well as the Sheriff knows this but nothing is done to solve it. That being said, the salaries and benefits for the Sheriff's Office is pathetic. They do not even begin to compare to the salaries and benefits of other area departments or statewide agencies with the same number of officers and call volume. RCSO receive no raises for additional training, is not allowed time off for college, receives no pay for college degrees, has deplorable insurance and retirement options, and the starting pay is complete joke compared to other agencies, even including school police officers. The call volume at the RCSO is extremely high and with fewer officers than needed at times takes a while for response. Their is no incentive to remain with the department and therefore, except those who have been around too long to leave due to their rank, it is a revolving door. The monies wasted on all of these officers coming and going, if instead were place in raises to get the department where it needs to be would greatly help to solve this problem, keep more experienced and educated officers on the streets and allow them to get to know their areas and actually do community policing vs. talking about it.

Deke has done plenty to help bring in funds and business to the area and has made great strides to get the commissoners to work together. However, he really does need to step up in this area, meet with and provide the funding and support for our Sheriff. No one cares about ballparks and trolleys when they fear for their safety even when in their own homes and especially when walking downtown after dark. That being said, Lori hasn't been able to acomplish anything in years and from what I have seen thus far would not be a true leader either nor able to get people to work together for a common goal.

Sean, as Lori brings up is talking about crime in the area, and that is a great tatic when running for office. His solution however is that we solve it ourselves through neighborhood watch programs, etc. which clearly shows how naive and ill prepared he is to lead in our area. Talk aobut being weak and/or not having opinions, he was quoted in the Metro Spirit as not wanting to say what he wants to change within the county so as not to offend anyone who might be voting for him - talk about a true politician, he has clearly been coached well by those pulling his strings from the "old guard" and doesn't bring anything new to the table.

As for these violent thugs in National Hills and other areas, they need to be dealt with swiftly and severly. Our Sheriff's Office will catch them as they are pretty good at that. With proper manpower and funding, they could also be good at pro-active policing and stoping more crimes from occurring. However, our courty system and the liberal judges in this area really need to get it through their heads that we are sick and tired of the revolving doors within our judicial system and that we want anyone/everyone who committs a violent crime to receive the maximum punishment possible.

As for the citizenry, you should be fully trained in the use of firearms, practice often (quarterly) and be prepared to shoot if necessary in order to protect yourself, your property or someone else's life. If these robbers, rapists, etc. continually and consistentaly encountered armed law abiding citizens who ended the encounter properly, crime would be reduced greatly in our area and so would the expense to the taxpayers to house these good for nothing thugs.

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