Wrens man accused of shooting fleeing suspect is now out of jail

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:28 AM
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A man accused of shooting a fleeing suspect in his backyard has been released from jail.

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Andrew Newton Swan  Jefferson County
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Andrew Newton Swan

Andrew Newton Swan Sr., 56, of Wrens, Ga., was released from the Jefferson County jail on Monday on a $25,000 bond, according to a jail administrator.

Mr. Swan was charged with aggravated assault after he shot Brian Santana Lane, 24, of Louisville, Ga., who was running from police after eluding a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The resident saw Mr. Lane climbing over his fence and running across a pasture beside his home, and he tried to stop him by shooting at him. Mr. Lane had left his car at the intersection of Campground and Quaker roads, about four miles east of Wrens, to avoid deputies who were trying to stop him for illegally passing motorists.

Mr. Swan told police he yelled for Mr. Lane to stop before pulling a gun from his all-terrain vehicle and shooting him. Mr. Lane was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, and was listed over the weekend in “guarded condition.”

Mr. Lane will face several traffic-related charges after he is released from MCG.

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Antlion
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Antlion 06/30/09 - 08:47 am
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They should not have locked

They should not have locked Mr. Swan up in the first place, he was at home minding his own business when the law breaker running from the law, ran on to his property..Mr. Swan wasn't going anywhere! Our courts are geared towards helping the law breakers and not the honest hardworking citizens! Seems to me that something is wrong with this picture folks.

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Nammy3 06/30/09 - 08:54 am
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cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 06/30/09 - 09:01 am
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Mr. Lane should be charged

Mr. Lane should be charged for running for police and any other charges, but Mr. Swan should not have shot this young man. If Mr. Lane was breaking into his home or trying to do bodily harm, then yes use whatever force is necessary. But Mr. Lane was not even running toward Mr. Swan, Mr. Swan was not in any danger of Mr. Lane. If this young man would have died, I would hope Mr. Swan would be charged with murder. Court has it right you can't just shoot people because you think you can....

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56_Patriot 06/30/09 - 09:05 am
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So if he had shot the officer

So if he had shot the officer he would have been justified also, since the officer would have been on been on his private property.

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roundaboutway 06/30/09 - 09:07 am
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The only charge Swan should

The only charge Swan should have filed against him is poor aiming.

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mad_max 06/30/09 - 09:27 am
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Legal? Under our system of

Legal? Under our system of pro-criminal law, probably not. Effective? I'll bet this little punk won't run across this guy's property again....or anyone else who has heard about this. Hey, he told the guy to stop. Fair warning. Fire for effect. I'd give the guy a 10 for hitting a moving target. If we would shoot a few more of these punks who run from the law there would be a lot less "hot pursuits" where innocent victims are injured and killed. I would much rather they kill the punk than have innocent victims killed. And just because they abandon their vehicle and take off on foot does not give them the right to use private property to effect their escape. Good shooting Mr. Swan.

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freespeech 06/30/09 - 09:28 am
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The police would have shot

The police would have shot the man if they could have gotten close enough, and if they had he would not still be alive because they would have shot him 10 - 20 times.

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Grasshopper 06/30/09 - 09:30 am
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That would be an Excellent

That would be an Excellent law! If a suspect is fleeing from the police, on private property. The property the owner has the right to shoot to kill.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/30/09 - 09:32 am
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We can name the bill Swan's

We can name the bill Swan's law!

Antlion
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Antlion 06/30/09 - 09:32 am
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56 patriot, what part of

56 patriot, what part of running from the law didn't you understand?

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aftbrn 06/30/09 - 09:38 am
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Mr. Swan Has the right to

Mr. Swan Has the right to protect his life and property. A fugitive on my property would have been shot. In the heat of the moment you don't know what their intent is. Mr. Swan should have been thanked for his assistance. Message to Mr. Swan,.. As a citizen who has had his car broken into three times in the last 18 months, thank you for setting an example. Your a hero in my eyes and I wish you lived next door to me.

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southernguy08 06/30/09 - 09:42 am
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TREY, it will be more like
Unpublished

TREY, it will be more like Swan Dive. This guy will be hounded to Hell now by people claiming he violated Lane's civil rights. It's a sad day when the criminals have the law working for them.

Antlion
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Antlion 06/30/09 - 09:44 am
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So Mr. Swan, knowing that

So Mr. Swan, knowing that there was a Law Breaker running loose on his property, should have just waited until the perp decided to come back to the nearest house (his) and harm him and his family? He just decided to take preventative action to make sure that didn't happen....he's probably old enough to remember the old saying "no need to close the gate after the Mule is out".

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Grasshopper 06/30/09 - 09:54 am
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I do worry for Mr. Swans

I do worry for Mr. Swans assets. I am sure the evil tort lawyers are at the hospital visiting Criminal Lane.

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Daddyrabbit 06/30/09 - 10:09 am
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Think about it. All these

Think about it. All these people who condemn Andrew for what he did are usually the kind of people who will standby and watch anything happen just because the don't want to get involved! There are ONLY two kinds. The wimpy idiots who will stand by and let it go and the ones, like Andrew, who will stop it right now.

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56_Patriot 06/30/09 - 10:19 am
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A gun is not a toy and this

A gun is not a toy and this is not a movie - anyone shooting another person must be able to prove it was necessary. If you discharge your firearm then be prepared to face the consequences of your actions.

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fht610 06/30/09 - 10:28 am
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"to avoid deputies who were

"to avoid deputies who were trying to stop him for illegally passing motorists."
Yessiree, buddy, we have a MAJOR criminal here!! Illegally passing motorists! Why that' a capital offense in all 50 States and the District of Columbia!!! This was no mere rapist or killer. This was a traffic offender!! Not only that, he was obviously guilty of "running while Black" And Mr Swan heroically shot him in the back. What a guy! Keep that in mind the next time you panic because you don't want a ticket. If Mr Swan is stripped of his assets in a lawsuit after he gets out of prison, that is no more than he deserves. In the meantime, I do hope that MCG is billing him for the medical care...

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Antlion 06/30/09 - 10:30 am
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56 Patriot, the problem with

56 Patriot, the problem with this is that it only applies to the law abiding citizens........criminals just walk through the swinging door and are back out on the streets to shoot again.

fht610
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fht610 06/30/09 - 10:35 am
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Problem is, Mr Swan was NOT a

Problem is, Mr Swan was NOT a "law abiding citizen" in this case...

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smec29 06/30/09 - 11:02 am
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We're not all stupid enough

We're not all stupid enough to run from law enforcement. Mr Swan should be commended for his actions. I for one am sick and tired of my hometown-the whole of the CSRA being overtaken by people who do not respect themselves, others, or the law. One day your blind ignorance will land you in a situation that you will be able to look back and appreciate what Swan did.

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Tujeez1 06/30/09 - 11:03 am
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I'm sure Mr. Swan woke up

I'm sure Mr. Swan woke up that morning and loaded his gun just hoping some criminal would jump his fence and make his day. You people are idiots, I guess justus is sleeping in today as I haven't heard him playing his racial mnemonica yet.

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56_Patriot 06/30/09 - 11:04 am
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I understand the frustration

I understand the frustration of the revolving door of the justice system. My question is if Mr. Swan had shot the officer instead of the suspect would we have any problems with that outcome. Shooting someone because they are running across private property is not (in my opinion) an excuse. I will support anyone using deadly force who is defending a life or even against someone causing malicious damage to property. Because the justice system has issues doesn't make me a judge and jury to meter out justice as I see fit.

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emergencyfan 06/30/09 - 11:07 am
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I find it interesting that

I find it interesting that when this story was first published, the headline referred to him as a "citizen," in the next story he was a "resident," now he's just plain ole "man."

Antlion
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Antlion 06/30/09 - 11:11 am
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Mr Swan, was a law abiding

Mr Swan, was a law abiding citizen, minding his own business until the perp running from the law, ran onto his land..besides what person in his right mind, runs from the law for a simple traffic violation?

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Ashtray 06/30/09 - 11:28 am
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Many of you need to go back

Many of you need to go back to school to learn how to understand the law. Mr. Swan will no doubt do time unless someone is paid off. He has no justification in the shooting. From what I was told he(Lane) was not even on Swan's property when he capped him.
Here is your rights. If he is standing outside when you shoot him. Drag him into your house. That is what the Zollie Compton the passed sherrif used to tell people. Well the law has changed some, but not to the point you can shoot a tresspasser. If you feel your life is threatened you can shoot him. That means if you shoot him he had better have a weapon in his hands or by his side.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 06/30/09 - 11:42 am
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I seem to recall two women

I seem to recall two women fleeing from misdemeanor shoplifting charges killing a family of three at Washington Rd. and I 520. When you flee you endanger the lives of everyone on and around the roadway. Had someone shot those two women, that family would still be alive, they did nothing wrong!

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Boater18.5 06/30/09 - 11:44 am
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Fht610 that’s right he wasn’t

Fht610 that’s right he wasn’t a harden criminal, or so we haven’t been told yet. So why run? When I see the lights in my mirror, I pull over!! That’s what any law bidding person would do or should do. Being scared doesn’t give you the right to run. Watch the video of the Dallas chase yesterday. It ended when the car got t-boned in an intersection, thank god the driver of the truck didn’t get hurt too badly. Who is going to pay his doctor bills, car repair? PEOPLE SHOULD NOT RUN FROM THE POLICE PERIOD!!!

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Daddyrabbit 06/30/09 - 11:54 am
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56 patriot, you do have a

56 patriot, you do have a question, but, from what I know of Andrew he is MORE than capable of distinguishing the difference between someone wearing aTshirt and jeans and UNIFORMED, BADGE wearing officers of the law......Maybe you can't, but. that's your short coming. Also, if you enter or are on someone else's property unwelcome, it's known as "criminal tresspassing". Yell at them and they should stop and tell about accidentally getting there and then leave...not ignore you!

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Antlion 06/30/09 - 12:03 pm
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Coldbeer....you make a good

Coldbeer....you make a good point about the fleeing shoplifters and the accident....that was exactly my point in my earlier post..I'm sure that the women used as their excuse, well we didn't mean to kill anyone. What part of running from law enforcement is breaking the law, don't you criminals understand?

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Daddyrabbit 06/30/09 - 12:13 pm
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Caretaker, if you think you

Caretaker, if you think you have to have a gun in your hand to be shot, read this. There are other full stories tied to it and it all happened in Augusta in May of 2007. http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/051007/edi_127875.shtml

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