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Homeowner fatally shoots alleged thief

Feb 14, 2011 10:36:00 AM - thestate.com
A homeowner fatally shot a man he allegedly saw trying to break into a truck early this morning, West Columbia police announced.

The shooting occurred around 3:15 a.m. at a residence in the 2000 block of Morningside Drive in West Columbia, police said.

According to reports, the homeowner, Richard Williams, said he saw a man breaking into a truck on his property.

Williams went to his garage and as the door opened, he encountered the suspect a short distance away on a bike, police said, and he then fired two shots, hitting him. The suspect rode a short distance on the bike before collapsing.

The suspect — who had no identification — was dead at the scene by the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.

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