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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dougk
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dougk 10/25/10 - 09:04 pm
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And, there you go, the
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And, there you go, the southern subculture of violence....from the supposedly "law-abiding" side of the fence. You reap what you sow.

bclicious
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bclicious 10/25/10 - 09:37 pm
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I've said it before, and I'll

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. YET ANOTHER SHOOTING/VIOLENT CRIME IN AUGUSTA. Augusta does not have the monopoly on these types of crimes, far from it. But, the problem is only getting worse from year to year. If the Augustans ever want to see crime rates improve, ALL Augustans have to begin supporting local law enforcement. I remember all the harsh comments in the one the last blogs about law enforcement officers and off-duty specials. You guys should have seen some of the hurtful comments against law enforcement. It was crazy!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/26/10 - 01:20 am
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bclisious, you are very

bclisious, you are very right...and if it wern't for deputies working specials you would have about 30 less police at a minimum every night working to keep us safe at restaurants, stores, schools, grocery stores, etc. at NO EXPENSE to the taxpayer. To/From these specials they often assist in keeping the motoring public safe and have made arrests of everything from burglaries to robberies and even a murderer. These deputies respond, leaving their specials, for many calls of assistance, etc. not to mention the fact that most deputies MUST work specials just to make ends meet with the very poor salary offered in Richmond County.

countyman
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countyman 10/26/10 - 04:32 am
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The violent crime rate

The violent crime rate DECREASED in Richmond County last year...

I'm wondering why certain posters don't want to blame the mayor....

marie21
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marie21 10/26/10 - 06:53 am
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Asitisinaug, I'd like to

Asitisinaug, I'd like to respond after your long comment but you said everything I would have said and you did it much better than I would have. I would add that it is shameful for Lori to get on this post trying to campaign, and that's what it is, after a young man was shot!!

marie21
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marie21 10/26/10 - 06:59 am
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Bclicious, good point about

Bclicious, good point about our law enforcement. Deputies are very visible in our neighborhood. They can't be everywhere at the same time. They need a raise, they need more deputies and better insurance and retirement. No, I don't want my taxes going up anymore. I want our city officials to be responsible and CUT wasteful spending. All these park renovations need to be stopped. I like the idea of new businesses and even new entertainment spots to be opened in Augusta but I think if we get our city safe again then more people and businesses might think about moving to Augusta. Let's fix Augusta first! We want wasteful spending to stop in Washington and it needs to stop in Augusta also.

blakkone
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blakkone 10/26/10 - 07:28 am
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COUNTYMAN...who cares about

COUNTYMAN...who cares about last year. People are getting murdered THIS YEAR!

WARRIOR I
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WARRIOR I 10/26/10 - 08:01 am
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New word for you, dougk.

New word for you, dougk. SOUTHBASHING: The last bastion of politically-correct bigotry in modern America.

usafvet
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usafvet 10/26/10 - 08:24 am
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Augusta resident, " Putting a

Augusta resident, " Putting a round in the dirt will scare most crooks off."
And if he does have a weapon, turns and kills you it will be self defense. You fired first. If you are going to confront a criminal, be armed. If you are armed and confront that criminal, shoot to kill. If you are good, that piece of trash will not be back. Word gets around, probably his friends will learn. To those who think, 'don't shoot someone', cower down, crawl under a rock, and pray. You may meet your maker sooner than you wanted.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/26/10 - 09:13 am
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The Self-Defense Myth: In

The Self-Defense Myth:

In 1997, for every time that a civilian used a handgun to kill in self-defense, 43 people lost their lives in handgun homicides. (FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data, 1997)

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/26/10 - 10:18 am
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gas, you sure convinced me!

gas, you sure convinced me! By all means lets outlaw firearms and then have every body throw rocks at each other.

countyman
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countyman 10/26/10 - 10:28 am
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Blakkone.. People get

Blakkone.. People get murdered every year in cities across the united states including Augusta..

The posters who are trying to blame the crime rate on the mayor... The posters should stay consisted and blame the crime rate on the mayor when it decreases....

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 10/26/10 - 10:32 am
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gaspringwater Monday, Oct. 25

gaspringwater Monday, Oct. 25 7:44 PM 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.
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Well Vermont, your liberal utopia, requires no permit to carry concealed weapons just like Alaska and Arizona. Arizona obviously has their immigration issues but I don't think Vermont and Alaska are hotbeds of crime. Tennessee and Virginia have similar bills written awaiting the new legislative session. Tennessee's governor-elect has already said he will sign it.

Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are considering the passage of open carry laws to join the other 29 states who allow open carry without a permit. 14 states including Georgia do not distinguish the difference in concealed versus open carry as long as you have a permit.

According to UCLA historian Dr. Roger McGrath, the rates of murder,robbery rape and other assorted violent crimes were far far lower than they are today and those lower rates can be attributed to the open carry of firearms.

The states are on their way to restore this Constitutional right back to their citizens and these states will become safer because of it.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/26/10 - 10:41 am
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This is sad, but it's what we

This is sad, but it's what we have come to expect.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/26/10 - 12:57 pm
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Per the CDC in 2007, the

Per the CDC in 2007, the three leading causes of injury deaths in the United States were motor vehicle traffic, poisoning, and firearms. Please examine the graph:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5930a6.htm

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/26/10 - 01:08 pm
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The equation is simple. More

The equation is simple. More guns lead to more gun death, but limiting exposure to firearms saves lives. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, and Nevada have the highest gun ownership rates and the highest gun death rates.

http://www.vpc.org/press/1006gundeath.htm

The United States leads the industrialized world in level of gun-related deaths. International Violent Death Rates:

http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcgvintl.html

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/26/10 - 03:13 pm
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Guns aren't the problem,

Guns aren't the problem, idiots are.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 10/26/10 - 03:21 pm
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You get credit for being half

You get credit for being half right. BOTH are problems!

boredinaug
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boredinaug 10/26/10 - 08:19 pm
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gaspringwater- You are

gaspringwater- You are certainly entitled to your anti-gun stance...to each his own. Obviously, we all have different beliefs on guns and their legislation. However, I was hoping you would be able to outline your plan of defense (in the unfortunate event your home is broken into) against a home invader with a firearm. A baseball bat perhaps? pepper spray? Can you imagine watching a family member be physically harmed, raped or perhaps even killed- and being absolutely powerless to anything about it? That is the position you are asking Americans to put themselves in by banning legally obtained firearms. I think we all know criminals are going to get their hands on guns...regardless of how many laws are made. I really want an answer from you on this. Convince me to disarm my household...I am open to your plan.

marie21
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marie21 10/26/10 - 09:23 pm
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The criminals will never be

The criminals will never be affected by anti-gun laws. They will ALWAYS have guns. If you don't want guns, that is fine. I choose to have guns in my house to protect my family and myself. Boredinaug said it so well -- "Can you imagine watching a family member be physically harmed, raped or perhaps even killed- and being absolutely powerless to anything about it?"

Captain Awesome
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Captain Awesome 10/27/10 - 10:25 am
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Notice the guy protecting his

Notice the guy protecting his truck in August wasn't prosecuted. I live in that neighborhood. I've armed up and have been going to the shooting range. I encourage other posters to do so too. God willing, we will never have to fire at a person. But no criminal wants an armed victim. The majority of law abiding citizens were armed, these guys would think twice.

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