Man shot after stopping robber

Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office check behind the siding for evidence at a Merrick Place apartment after an early morning shooting, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Augusta, Ga.
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Mike Murphy was awakened from a sound sleep by gunshots -- two of them in fast succession: "Pop, pop."

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Investigators for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office search for evidence after Wayne Eggins Jr. was wounded in Augusta  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Investigators for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office search for evidence after Wayne Eggins Jr. was wounded in Augusta


Startled, he was almost out of bed when he heard five or six more: "Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop."

Murphy stepped outside and onto the short concrete patio outside his apartment. Others at Merrick Place apartments were coming outside to investigate the noise when a woman screamed.

Murphy turned his head and saw it was his neighbor's girlfriend. She was standing beside a man lying on his side in the grass, bleeding from his head.

Murphy hurried over and saw it was his neighbor, Wayne Eggins Jr. Eggins grabbed Murphy's ankle and pointed toward the complex's entrance on Skinner Mill Road.

"He was gasping for air, trying to say something," Murphy said Friday afternoon, recounting what had taken place about 12:30 that morning.

One neighbor who is a nurse took off her shirt and pressed it to the head wound. Within minutes, deputies arrived and roped off the area with crime-scene tape. Paramedics took Eggins, 24, to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

For the next several hours, sheriff's investigators pieced together the crime. Witnesses told them that Eggins had arrived home from work for Vern's Towing Co. and saw two men trying to break into one of the apartments.

Eggins confronted the men and had one of them pinned to the ground while he talked with police dispatchers when the shots were fired, investigators say. Only one bullet struck Eggins, but it's a critical injury to the head, sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles said.

The burglars drove to the adjacent apartment complex, where witnesses noticed them acting suspiciously right after they heard shots, Peebles said.

Their information, paired with what others saw, led to the arrest of Stanley Fields, 18, of the 1900 block of Wrightsboro Road, around 1 p.m., Peebles said.

A 16-year-old male, whose identity was not released, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. and taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Both suspects were charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and two counts of criminal attempted burglary.

Murphy said Eggins is from Arizona and moved here about a year ago. He is working for Vern's Towing while his girlfriend studies to be a pharmaceutical technician.

Staff Writer Bianca Cain contributed to this article.

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/18/11 - 11:24 am
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Small crimes turn into

Small crimes turn into murders as we already said. This poor taxpayer isn't going to get the royal treatment tax user's get and will most likely pass on...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/11 - 12:15 pm
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What a shame....& some on

What a shame....& some on here wonder why many carry weapons on them....to protect themselves.....keep infighting Augusta....just forget about the CONSTANT crime reports.
Spend your tax $$$ on who can fire/hire & take $$$ away from law officers. GEEEZ

Chillen
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Chillen 02/18/11 - 12:35 pm
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Unbelievable. Richmond

Unbelievable. Richmond County had better get a grip on this.

Start with the clearly lax court/judicial system. Lock these folks up & throw away the key. Enact swift death penalties to clear up space in the prisons. These types of people have no place in society and we need to get rid of them.

Once they find these guys, I'll bet there is a 99% likelihood that they have previous convictions.

I hope this guy makes it. He is a hero.

RAWR
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RAWR 02/18/11 - 12:35 pm
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Carry everyday wherever you

Carry everyday wherever you go! I would rather be paranoid than dead.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 02/18/11 - 01:09 pm
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Sad that the victim got

Sad that the victim got caught by surprise. A boatload of guns would not have saved him.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/11 - 01:15 pm
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manson..I disagree with

manson..I disagree with that....if he saw his place had been entered/broken into......he could have protected himself.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 02/18/11 - 01:38 pm
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" Eggins had detained one of

" Eggins had detained one of the suspects and was on the phone with 911 when the shots were fired, Peebles said."

________

Seenit: the victim had too many distractions taking place and, probably, let down his guard thinking that he was only dealing with one burglar.

Name Not Important
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Name Not Important 02/18/11 - 02:06 pm
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"Carry everyday wherever you

"Carry everyday wherever you go! I would rather be paranoid than dead."

I hear they used to carry weapons all the time in the WILD West too. Going back to those days isn't the solution to this. I'm not saying people shouldn't be able to carry a handgun if they so choose but arming everyone like this is the old west and there is going to be a gun fight at the OK Corral isn't the best way to go about it....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/11 - 02:15 pm
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My daughters house was broken

My daughters house was broken into in Harlem...her husband saw the glass doors broken on the floor....left the scene to get his gun (nearby) & then entered the house.....a gun in hand could take down 2 birds at one time.......he didn't have to shoot that day. Just saying...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/11 - 02:20 pm
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Some homes in the Atlanta

Some homes in the Atlanta area have been hit 2-3 times.....when they replace the air conditioner unit--tvs--etc.---they are taken again.....would you say they should carry & be ready???
Alarm systems don't scare some jerks---they know they have a few minutes to do the job & leave. Video cameras took pics of 2 guys taking the air units for the 2nd time (with iron fence around them)w/locks.

dani
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dani 02/18/11 - 02:26 pm
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A sad situation. The poor

A sad situation. The poor man, his family.....I am so sorry for them.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/18/11 - 03:33 pm
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name not important. You

name not important. You wouldn't think that way if you were in a bank or a grocery store that was being held up and some fine citizen was armed & could defend you.

We need more people than just the criminals carrying guns. Otherwise we truly are sitting ducks.

Also, folks, if you come home and suspect your house has been broken into - don't go in it - even if you are armed. You might be outnumbered or taken by surprise. Your possessions are not worth your life. Leave & call the authorities.

It sounds like this poor guy didn't know this was going on until he got in there. He tried to fight off these low lifes. So sad.

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Ashleyn1 02/18/11 - 04:04 pm
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I feel bad for the nice man

I feel bad for the nice man who tried to help...but now days if your not armed it's not the best idea to interfer.

airbud7
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airbud7 02/18/11 - 04:38 pm
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Well Said Chillen!!!

Well Said Chillen!!!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/18/11 - 04:43 pm
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- Bad school system greatly

- Bad school system greatly lacking in discipline
- Weak judicial system with repeat offenders using the revolving door
- Govt. enbaling without acountability for free food, housing, etc.
- Govt. enabling by giving more money to those who have more kids.
- County Commissoners with mixed up priorities cutting public safety
- 38 deputies cut from budgets in the past years
- 5 furlough days in 2011 for deputies resulting in over 20,000 less hours
- $750,000.00 additional cuts from the sheriff's budget this year

If the commissoners and courts don't do something very quickly Countyman isn't going to have much positive to say anymore.

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rmwhitley 02/18/11 - 04:44 pm
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It will be determined the
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It will be determined the perpetrator is "mentally ill" or "mentally retarded" and he/she will escape what is truly due.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/18/11 - 05:01 pm
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Is it worth getting shot in

Is it worth getting shot in the head for a TV, a computer, some rings?

Riverrunner30909
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Riverrunner30909 02/18/11 - 05:10 pm
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Chillin good advice. If you
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Chillin good advice. If you are armed just wait outside and kill them when they exit.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 02/18/11 - 06:43 pm
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This is why it is best to

This is why it is best to just shoot the intruder DEAD!

showboat
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showboat 02/18/11 - 08:18 pm
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picture please of this
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picture please of this guy!!!!!!!

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/18/11 - 08:54 pm
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chillen wrote; "Also, folks,

chillen wrote; "Also, folks, if you come home and suspect your house has been broken into - don't go in it - even if you are armed. You might be outnumbered or taken by surprise. Your possessions are not worth your life. Leave & call the authorities"

Try to find how they are getting around as you leave...

Iamrightyouarewrong
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Iamrightyouarewrong 02/18/11 - 09:09 pm
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I know a guy who came home

I know a guy who came home one night to find a strange vehicle parked in his driveway and saw broken glass. He parked his F250 right behind the vehicle so it couldn't leave and ran across the street while calling 911. He laughed as the suspects were arrested while still trying to push his truck out of the way with their stolen Toyota! Be prepared. Be trained. Be legal. Carry a 9mm and be ALIVE. God Bless America.

WW1949
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WW1949 02/18/11 - 09:39 pm
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Carry a Taurus Judge also.

Carry a Taurus Judge also. You can load every other round with a 45 colt round and a 4-10 double buck. Bad news for the burglar..

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 02/18/11 - 09:52 pm
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Do you hear me now?

Do you hear me now?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/18/11 - 10:09 pm
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There is a weak judicial

There is a weak judicial system...too many bleeding hearts in Augusta. Criminals robbing, murdering, and walking away from it unscaved. It's not fair to the victims.

raul
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raul 02/18/11 - 11:32 pm
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Good job by the RCSO. Both

Good job by the RCSO. Both alleged perpetrators arrested.

WW1949
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WW1949 02/19/11 - 12:04 am
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I wish they had resisted

I wish they had resisted arrest and pulled a gun. We would not be spending any money on them in the future. Great job RCSO
I am proud of the officers involved and als North Augusta for their work in apprending the shooter in the gas station incident Thursday.

Cadence
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Cadence 02/19/11 - 02:41 am
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Was the gun the burglar's or

Was the gun the burglar's or the victim's? Did he draw a gun but have the scum get it from him and shoot? I hope and pray that this man survives and has as few after affects as possible. These things, the shootings, are happening more and more here. And these two, 18 and 16, what the heck happened?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/19/11 - 04:57 am
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Great Job to RCSO in

Great Job to RCSO in cathching these violent criminal thugs, no matter what their age. Thanks also to the aware residents and to the victim for trying to do what was right.

These violent criminals and ALL others like them need to NEVER walk amongst us again. They deserve life in prison without parole in a small cell with no other time to do anyting except think about the lives they have destroyed. The only option they should be given is the ability to choose the death penalty vs. life in prison and allow them to choose it at any time followed by implementation the following day.

Violent Criminals MUST be placed and KEPT behind bars and we need our politicians and judges standing up for us law abiding tax paying citizens.

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oldfella 02/19/11 - 10:21 am
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"the victim had too many

"the victim had too many distractions taking place and, probably, let down his guard thinking that he was only dealing with one burglar."

The article clearly states that the shooting victim saw two men trying to break in. Apparently one man shot our hero (yes, he is IMO) while his partner in crime was detained. The article was not clear on that.

As for "possessions not being worth your life", the article says these two men were breaking in an apartment. How do we know that they were only there to steal? Lord knows what violent crime they had planned. They did after all shoot someone, so I wouldn't put anything past them.

I really, really hope the brave victim survives, and comes out 100 percent functional. I also really, really hope the suspects never see the light of day again - better still, never draw another breath in this world. One is a minor?.....boo hoo, someone bring me a tissue. Both knew what they were doing, and if they didn't maybe a lengthy prison sentence will give them time to think.

Georgia has a lot of potential. We need to keep up our progress as a state to be reckoned with by stepping up to the plate and being EXTREMELY tough on violent crime. Georgia already does a very good job on allowing citizens the right to bear arms, and use them in self defense without fear of reprisal, and I applaude these efforts. Now we need to put the "nail in the coffin" by being so over-the-top medieval on violent criminals that they wet themselves in fear when they go before the judge. No matter what your take on drug legalization, violent crime is everybody's business, and should be the "show stopper" that puts a criminal away forever and ever, amen.

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