Man running from police shot by citizen

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A Jefferson County man is in jail after shooting a suspect running from police in his backyard.

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Andrew Newton Swan

Andrew Newton Swan Sr., 56, of Wrens, is being held at the Jefferson County Jail pending a charge of aggravated assault, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department news release. He shot Brian Santana Lane, 24, of Louisville, who was fleeing from police after eluding a traffic stop, authorities said.

Mr. Lane is in "guarded condition" at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Mr. Swan saw Mr. Lane climbing over his fence and running across a pasture beside his home Saturday afternoon when attempted to stop him by shooting at him.

Mr. Lane was on the run from Jefferson Sheriff's Department deputies who attempted to stop his vehicle after he illegally passed motorists around 2:55 p.m. Saturday. The chase exceeded speeds above 100 mph and ended when Mr. Lane stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Campground and Quaker road, about three miles east of Wrens. He left his female passenger behind in the vehicle.

Mr. Swan heard the sirens and soon noticed Mr. Lane entering his backyard. He was tending to his livestock when he attempted to stop Mr. Lane by chasing him with an all-terrain vehicle and firing shots at him.

Mr. Swan told police he yelled at the man several times to stop before firing the shot that struck Mr. Lane. He stopped a passing motorist and instructed him to call 911 after the shooting.

Shortly after, deputies arrived and remained until an ambulance arrived. Mr. Lane remains at MCG and will face several traffic charges upon release.

The female passenger was questioned Saturday but will not face any charges.

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perymason
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perymason 06/29/09 - 10:09 pm
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i am [filtered word], give the poor

i am [filtered word], give the poor guy glasses!!! hopefully he will take the perp out. and rose wil be colateral!

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nofrillls13 06/29/09 - 10:17 pm
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Mr Swan should get a reward

Mr Swan should get a reward not locked up. Jump my fence and if my pitbulls dont get you then I promise I wont miss! Its time we take our rights back to protect our property. The police cant do it all but they want to lock us up for standing up for whats right?

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RockHudson 06/29/09 - 10:32 pm
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I think he already won

I think he already won hillbilly of the year and flat lux and nofrills were co runners up and now are in a angry gun filled but meaningful NRA Type relationship

thom1962
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thom1962 06/29/09 - 10:40 pm
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pretendmary's name says it

pretendmary's name says it all....she is living in a pretend world

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/29/09 - 10:49 pm
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A liberal turns conservative

A liberal turns conservative after they realize Big Brother, can't save them. Darn you should have heard the Obama Mama's crying when the power was out in CC a couple of weeks ago. The txt messages and phone calls had me laughing. Needless to say those chics ain't going camping with me.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/29/09 - 10:51 pm
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Remember the likes of Dennis

Remember the likes of Dennis Miller who was a left winger, and now is an ultra conservative after 911.

get.the.beam.out
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get.the.beam.out 06/30/09 - 08:10 am
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Swan, to be justified, would

Swan, to be justified, would either have to be acting in SELF DEFENSE or stopping a FELON which he SAW in the commission of a felony. You don't have a duty to retreat on your own property if UNDER ATTACK. If you are a POLICE OFFICER you can shoot a FLEEING FELON but a private citizen must SEE the felony in progress. Now, what is Swan's position as to whether he was UNDER ATTACK or whether he SAW a felony? Fleeing on foot from police is NOT a felony. Neither is trespassing.

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aftbrn 06/30/09 - 02:13 pm
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Swan is a hero. A person

Swan is a hero. A person defending his life or property shouldn't have to determine whether the offender is commiting a felony. There was no way to know the intent of the trespasser, especially if being chased. We don't know if this person was running towards his house or any of his passesions and desperate people often do desperate deeds. I commend Mr. Swan for not killing the this person, don't know if I would have been that kind. Personally, he would have saved a ton of taxpayer money if he would have killed this person. Everyone knows he'll be right back out on the street commiting more crimes next week. Individuals like this won't think twice about breaking into your car, burglerizing your home or mugging you while walking downtown.

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get.the.beam.out 12/07/09 - 11:14 am
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Swan is an idiot, that's what

Swan is an idiot, that's what he is.

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