Sunday, May 06, 2007

Robbing gun owners isn't a good idea...

Robbing those trained to handle weapons is worse:

A man who police said broke into a U.S. Army officer's south Augusta house to steal guns was fatally shot Wednesday by the soldier living there.

Errol Lavar Royal, 29, of Augusta was pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Augusta police said he resided with his parents near the burglarized home in the Pepperidge subdivision.

Capt. Barre Bollinger, an Iraq war veteran, told police he returned from work about 3:30 p.m. and found his house had been ransacked, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Thomas Johnson.

Bollinger told police he entered his bedroom and noticed some of his guns were missing.

He grabbed his SKS rifle - a weapon similar to an AK-47 assault rifle - and called 911, Johnson said.

"While on the phone with 911, he sees the suspect approaching his back door. Because he believes the man now is armed with his stolen weapons, Mr. Bollinger fires at him three times," Johnson said.

Royal was shot at least twice in the stomach area. A search of his residence produced two guns taken from Bollinger's house, the investigator said. The search also turned up some marijuana.

Neighbors told police that Bollinger, who is stationed at Fort Gordon, generally works from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but occasionally he returns home early.

There were no plans to charge Bollinger in the shooting, police said.

I suppose most burglers are pretty stupid in the first place, but I would think they would eventually catch on that some things aren't too bright to persue.


Blogger Nate said...

Did they end up finding a gun on the intruder as he lay outside the officer's house bleeding? The article said they found two of Bollinger's guns at the intruders residence but didn't say whether or not he actually had a gun on him. Just curious. If he was unarmed and not given the chance to surrender before being shot, that changes everything for me.

07 May, 2007 12:40  

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