Intruder killed in Martinez

Police: 2 men broke in; 1 fatally shot

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 10:30 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 1, 2012 1:26 AM
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A man was killed Wednesday night after breaking into a Martinez apartment, where the renter’s son shot him with a .22-caliber rifle, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Two men broke into a Cedar Lane apartment about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. Steve Morris said. After a brief struggle with the renter, the renter’s 15-year-old son fired at least two rounds, striking and killing one man. Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins declared that man dead on the scene.

Morris said the second man ran away, and there is no indication that he was injured. The second man was described as black, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, wearing black clothing and a mask. He was still at large Wednesday night.

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JAMIEB
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JAMIEB 03/01/12 - 11:36 am
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Kudos to this young man, he

Kudos to this young man, he did the right thing, folks im being told there was a lot of ebay,craigslist, i wanta stuff sold at this location-beware of who you let in your home, i bought a golf cart the other day , and this kid took me all through his house, never knew my name -until i told him.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/01/12 - 11:50 am
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I know that if I took a life,

I know that if I took a life, I would be upset, even if it was to protect my loved ones. The boy did the right thing, but if he is having problems dealing with killing the intruder, he does not need people telling him to move on. He has to deal with it, not sweep it under the rug.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/01/12 - 11:51 am
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You bring up an interesting

You bring up an interesting point, Jamie. At what point does selling things from your home cease being a hobby and begins being a business? If a neighbor complains, would the police insist they get a business license?

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Willow Bailey 03/01/12 - 12:16 pm
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I agree with JamieB. You

I agree with JamieB. You have to be very careful about selling stuff from your home. Ask questions of the potential buyers, interview them. Ask about their employer and get phone numbers. Never let anyone come over on the spur of the moment. Tell them you will call them back for an appointment. If you don't feel comfortable with them, don't call them back, don't take any more of their calls.

CarlA
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CarlA 03/01/12 - 01:28 pm
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The only thing this kid

The only thing this kid should be upset about is that he wasn't able to get both of them!

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 03/01/12 - 02:08 pm
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The young man did what he had

The young man did what he had to do. Sometimes life gives you no choice and this was one of those times. My prayers are with this family. Young man, don't beat yourself up over what you had to do. It as a brave thing and probably saved your life.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 03/01/12 - 02:15 pm
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I sell plenty of things on

I sell plenty of things on Craigslist. Funny thing is, I end up many times getting people I actually personally know emailing to ask about an item, not knowing it was me selling it. That being said, the ONLY way you're coming to my home to facilitate a Craigslist purchase is if I know you personally. Otherwise we're meeting in a well-lit, public place with no exceptions. And I'm only taking cash, again, unless I know you personally. Too many crazies in this world to be taking chances.

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allhans 03/01/12 - 02:42 pm
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bdouglas..Absolutely. A

bdouglas..Absolutely. A public place will serve just fine. The buyer has no need to know your home address.

ExpertCompSci
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ExpertCompSci 03/02/12 - 02:53 am
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Death? For struggling? Ok,

Death? For struggling? Ok, everyone who ever struggled, line up for the gas chamber.

ke4pkb
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ke4pkb 03/02/12 - 04:32 pm
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This should be the outcome

This should be the outcome 100% of the time when this crime occurs! NOBODY has the right to take away the ONLY place in this world that you have to go to get away from crime and be safe!

ToothFairy1
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ToothFairy1 03/02/12 - 08:11 pm
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I know this young man and his

I know this young man and his family. I know that they did nothing to facilitate this attack. Their whole life has been altered by this and to even suggest that because he sells items on Ebay or Craigslist invited these hoods in is a crock. BLAME THE CROOKS that invaded their home. These are good people...and it breaks my heart that this young man had to go through this. We should be lifting them up in our prayers.

Reno_K
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Reno_K 03/02/12 - 08:16 pm
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Its very sad I know this

Its very sad I know this family I used to live above them a few years back. I hope that he wont be too mentally hurt about what has happened. It surprised me that the incident happened.

cozzster
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cozzster 03/03/12 - 08:51 am
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I think if we gave the kid a
Unpublished

I think if we gave the kid a medal and promoted this it would encourage such behavior and crime would decline

Swampman
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Swampman 03/05/12 - 10:48 pm
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I can tell you from personal

I can tell you from personal experience if you are looking down the barrel of a gun with your sight centered on someone's chest & you're in that very moment dealing with the very life-or-death reality of the situation...yeah, it shakes you up a bit. It shakes you up when you're a full grown man. How this kid deals with it mostly depends upon the emotional makeup of this particular kid. (And, with all due respect to the many boy-men the same age who have fought in our wars, he really is a kid, and kids aren't as emotionally-calloused as most of us older folks.)

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Mudfish 03/08/12 - 03:32 pm
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Many have written with

Many have written with concern for the young man who had to shoot the intruder and the concern is justified. I know a retired deputy who had to kill someone in the line of duty and it was judged as a justified shooting. This former deputy is no weak person but the man had to retire because of the stress he had after the shooting. If this will happen to a grown person, it can also happen to a teen. I would hate to have to shoot someone but I do would not have any trouble doing it in defense of my family but how I would be able to deal with it is not something that I could say until it happened.

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