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Motorist caught with sawed-off shotgun in backseat

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An Augusta man was arrested early Friday after authorities caught him with a sawed-off shotgun in the backseat of his car.

Alonzo Keith Coleman Jr., 22, of Shadow Moss Court in Augusta, was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, after being caught with a sawed-off shotgun.   Special
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Alonzo Keith Coleman Jr., 22, of Shadow Moss Court in Augusta, was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, after being caught with a sawed-off shotgun.


Alonzo Keith Coleman Jr., 22, of Shadow Moss Court, was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.

Just after midnight, a deputy saw a man, later identified as Coleman, sitting in a Lincoln Town Car in the parking lot of Walmart on Bobby Jones Expressway. He stayed in the car for several minutes, and drove out of the lot as a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy drove past. A check of the car revealed it had no insurance and the registration was suspended.

Deputies stopped Coleman in the parking lot of the nearby Enmark gas station a few minutes later. As two deputies approached the Lincoln, they saw Coleman reach into the back seat, where they saw a sawed-off shotgun in plain view on the floorboard. They ordered Coleman out of the car and arrested him.

When searching the car, deputies found 20 shotgun shells and the sawed-off shotgun with a 16-inch barrel on the backseat floorboard. The safety on the gun was off and a spent shell was in the chamber. They also found 1.7 grams of marijuana in the center console.

Coleman admitted owning the shotgun and said he thought the marijuana was still in his pocket.

Coleman also was charged with driving on suspended license, with no insurance and with a suspended registration. He was being held Friday in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/18/11 - 12:44 pm
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Well, you know...duck

Well, you know...duck hunting.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 11/18/11 - 12:45 pm
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What you bet this thug will

What you bet this thug will be back on the street in 6 months. The next time he may just get to that gun before someone stops him.

allhans
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allhans 11/18/11 - 12:52 pm
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I wonder how long it will

I wonder how long it will take for someone to claim that he is a member of the TEA Party. You, know, carrying a gun and all.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 11/18/11 - 12:58 pm
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They probably won't now,

They probably won't now, since you jumped the gun...er..ahem...so to speak.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/18/11 - 01:10 pm
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"Coleman...said...he thought

"Coleman...said...he thought the marijuana was still in his pocket."

He must have been stoned...

Chillen
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Chillen 11/18/11 - 01:15 pm
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Wow, this could have ended

Wow, this could have ended very badly. Thank God they were paying close attention to his actions in the car.

linux
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linux 11/18/11 - 01:19 pm
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I thought shotguns under 18"

I thought shotguns under 18" long were illegal. If this was truly a "sawed off," why is he not being charged with that?

allhans
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allhans 11/18/11 - 01:44 pm
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linux..Did you miss it:

linux..Did you miss it: "charged with possession of a dangerous weapon"

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/11 - 01:49 pm
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He must have a good job to be

He must have a good job to be able to afford a Lincoln Town Car.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/18/11 - 02:14 pm
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LL...if he is using it for

LL...if he is using it for "deliveries" it is deductible.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 11/18/11 - 03:34 pm
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Another YDC graduate....

Another YDC graduate....

stillamazed
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stillamazed 11/18/11 - 03:42 pm
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He was most likely up to no

He was most likely up to no good to be carrying a weapon like that in the first place. Honestly though, it is a kill or be killed world some of them chose to live in.

Riverrunner30909
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Riverrunner30909 11/18/11 - 04:41 pm
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When you are caught like
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When you are caught like that, they should be shot on the spot. Don't think they would not kill him on the spot in other countries, and yes it seems cruel, but no more so than letting him loose to kill some innocent person. We see the panzy justice system we have here is not working, but the above works well and everytime. We have to stop all this insanity of criminal activity some way and that would be a good start.

iLove
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iLove 11/18/11 - 04:43 pm
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What was the purpose for
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What was the purpose for running the tag? DWB w/D???

Vito45
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Vito45 11/18/11 - 04:50 pm
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Ilove, I imagine it was run

Ilove, I imagine it was run because he was behaving suspiciously.

my.voice
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my.voice 11/18/11 - 05:07 pm
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Wrong Austin, it was

Wrong Austin, it was qualification-day for the Augusta City Commission.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 11/18/11 - 06:06 pm
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You can have shotguns shorter

You can have shotguns shorter than 18", but they have to be registered as pistols or short barrelled rifles (SBR) or any other weapons (AOW). I own a very, very short AK and it is registered as a pistol. If I add a stock or a foreward grip,that makes it a SBR, which requires tons of paperwork and a fee paid. So in other words, to make my weapon more stable to fire and aim, therefore making it safer, I could get 10 years of prison. If I want to slide a 90 round drum in it, thats fine. Makes perfect sense...

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dstewartsr 11/18/11 - 07:24 pm
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Big deal. If history is any

Big deal. If history is any guide, the sawed off shotgun will be the first charge plea bargained away- even though it is the most serious. Probably end up pleading to littering, sentenced to time served. And given a lollipop when he leaves court.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/18/11 - 07:56 pm
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Agreed dstewartsr.

Agreed dstewartsr.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 11/18/11 - 09:00 pm
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When I advocate arming

When I advocate arming yourself for protection, I also advocate training!
This guy did neither. The only reason to have a sawed off shotgun is to hurt or kill someone! Throw the book at the bum!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/18/11 - 09:32 pm
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Would not have wanted to be

Would not have wanted to be a guest in the Walmart parking lot on that evening. Holiday shoppers need to be very aware and avoid late night shopping.

Hopefully,this arrest will lead to solving something that is a pending investigation. Good work Columbia County law enforcement!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/18/11 - 09:34 pm
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Ilove, this is probably a

Ilove, this is probably a silly question, but what is DWB w/D???

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/19/11 - 12:09 am
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Willow, DWB means driving

Willow, DWB means driving while black but as to /D??? could be ???. Never mind the supisious activity in the Enmark parking lot.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/19/11 - 12:10 am
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Driving While Black. I'm

Driving While Black. I'm assuming w/D is with Dreadlocks since the picture shows him to have that 'do.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/19/11 - 12:12 am
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Check out that fancy tattoo

Check out that fancy tattoo on his neck. Bet that hurt.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/19/11 - 05:52 am
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dstewart, 100% @Austin

dstewart, 100%

@Austin Rhodes, "if he is using it for "deliveries" it is deductible.." HAHAHAHA, I got it, funny.

david jennings
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david jennings 11/19/11 - 08:49 am
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Poor guy, got no one on his

Poor guy, got no one on his side. You people are profiling, I don't believe he would hurt a fly.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/19/11 - 09:41 am
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Good article Ms. Rowell. Like

Good article Ms. Rowell.
Like Granny's old saying "Not' ing good happens after midnight."
A few unanswered questions remain, since Deputies found a spent 12ga shell still in the chamber. Was there a recent shotgun related crime in the area? Was there someone in Wal-mart, that he was waiting on?
Was he waiting for Wal-mart to thin-out, so he could make a quick after midnight cash withdrawal? Did Wal-Mart security cameras spot the guy and call for a police driveby? If so Kudo's to Wal-Mart Security for adverting a serious incident and protecting their shoppers. On a personal note. On a well lit day the Thug look and the neck Tat in themselves would be enough PC for me to check for illegals under the hubcaps. (Note: I am NOT LEO) My feelings are, if you look and act the part, then expect to be treated like you look and act like. One last question, to the people that are always quick to play, and wave the Race-Card. Are you assuming the arresting Deputies were White? Then you might be racist. Because even if they are, it doesn't say it in the article, therefore you assumed a racial stereotype, by thinking only Non-Blacks could be law enforcement officers. This ain't the 60's anymore, so catch up with the times.

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/19/11 - 10:56 am
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however driving with an ar 15
Unpublished

however driving with an ar 15 or an ak 47 with 30 round clips would have been perfectly fine and LEGAL

drivenslow
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drivenslow 11/19/11 - 10:59 am
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and yes if it would have been
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and yes if it would have been an older white man in the lincoln the cops would have never even gave it a second glance.....and guys stop with the sawed off shotguns keep your ak 47s with you just like the dude that went to cream with his in his car

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