January 29th, 2008 07:38 PM
Homeowner shoots suspected burglar
WRDW - CrimeTeam12 - Crime Headlines for Augusta, Georgia and the CSRA
I don't think I would have went outside, one's vehicle can be repaired/replaced, one's life can not.
AUGUSTA, Ga.---One man admits he shot another, but it's the man who was shot who went to jail.
The Thurman family says after they were robbed twice, they got a security system and a gun. Now, they say, they've both come in handy.
"As soon as [the motion sensor] went off, we were able to look out the window and see that he had opened the door to the truck," said Michael Thurman.
He says he thought it was a burglar.
So he grabbed his gun, ran downstairs and went outside.
"When I saw him right here I said hey what are you doing?" Thurman said.
An incident report shows the suspect, Jeffery Whitt, started to run to a dark part of the yard.
Thurman says he couldn't see him and was afraid he might be going to get a gun.
"Anything could've been in [the] area, so I did what I thought I needed to protect myself and my family. I fired a few shots,"
One of those shots into the dark hit the suspect in the leg.
Whitt kept running down the street and ended up at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Deputies arrested him and took him to MCG.
Thurman says his GPS system was missing and deputies found one between his house and the church.
Michael's wife says she's glad her husband stood up for her.
"I am proud that I have a husband that would protect his family," Angela Thurman said.
Michael's thankful his bullet only hurt the suspect, but even happier it helped deputies catch him.
But still, he says he and his wife may have some sleepless nights.
"I'm still shaking from the incident. Going through anything like that is horrible," Michael said.
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January 29th, 2008 09:19 PM
Agreed, your place is inside protecting your family. Hard to not go out...but not smart
January 29th, 2008 11:00 PM
did he see what he was shooting at or did he just shoot into some dark area? where there other houses behind this dark area? this might have ended up bad i think.
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January 30th, 2008 08:00 PM
sorry, the back of a person moving away, is a hard target, can not take the shot.
January 30th, 2008 10:18 PM
He wasn't sure if the suspect was running away to get a gun, so he fired a 'few shots'???????
The thief was obviously up to no good...but he was leaving...not a good time to be shooting. OMO
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January 31st, 2008 09:32 AM
I think I would have stayed inside and called 911. My car is insured and replacable, and I really don't want to see if my life insurance policy is collectable.
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