Senior citizen shoots at alleged burglar

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News 12 5pm /Friday, March 7, 2014

Charles Joseph Blair IV (WRDW-TV)

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A man trying to break into a home gets more than what he bargains for when the owner confronts him at the door.

The 76-year-old Aiken man talked to News 12 about the attempted break in and why he pulled out a gun.

Tom Hallman said his gun is for protection and he never landed a bullet on the suspect, but he did pull the trigger-- and would do it again if he had to.

"When I got to about right here is when he stuck his head through the window and I said what the "h" is going on here," Hallman said.

The 76-year-old didn't think twice when he says Charles Blair tried to break into his Aiken County home. He says he pulled his revolver out and had one thing in mind--protection.

"I didn't want to hurt anybody, but I didn't want anybody to hurt me or my son. That was primary," he said.

"It was this big bang," is the sound Price Hallman said he heard when the window to his home came crashing in.

Price's dad said despite his disabilities, he didn't hesitate to do the right thing.

"I took off to get dad to wake him up and I told him that someone had broken in," Price said.

Blair will now face charges on attempted robbery, burglary, and breaking and entering into the Hallman's car.

"He bashed the window, tried to break it, and cut himself. Then he picked up the fountain and bashed the window with that," Hallman said.

He said he told Blair he would call 911 to help with his bleeding and it wasn't until Blair made an odd move that he decided to shoot at his feet.

"It was after he spun around acting like he was going to attack. He had spun around a couple of times and acting erratic," Hallman said.

So, as the gun sits waiting for a new bullet-- Hallman said he wouldn't change a thing. He says his gun is to protect and deter.

"I'd do it all over again, I wouldn't shoot him unless I had to," Hallman said.

Blair is the same man investigators had to help from a hiding spot at the Aiken County Magistrate Court earlier this week. They say after Hallman fired his gun Blair ran and tried to hide in the ceiling of that courthouse.

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