Neighbors react to would-be intruder killed by homeowner

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email

News 12 First at Five / Friday, June 29, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A would-be burglar is dead after deputies say a homeowner shot at him as he tried to break into his home.

This happened off Battle Row in Harrisburg early Friday morning.

The home isn't very telling, but if you take a closer look, you'll find more than four bullet holes. This is where deputies say an armed man walked up, put on a ski mask and tried to break in. The intruder's plot got foiled when the homeowner fired his gun from inside the house.

Clarence Ingram, who lives just down the street, said his initial reaction was, "Hit the deck."

Ingram figured out that something wasn't right.

"I just heard shots, I heard the dogs barking, and then I started hearing sirens, and I knew something was going on," he said.

But Ingram would not have guessed the suspect would become a victim in his own crime.

"It's just like your parents would say, 'Nothing good happens after 12.'"

Deputies say 26-year-old Bobby Lockhart saw the intruder outside and started firing without even going outside.

"It's an awful thing, but crime is an awful thing and, you know, America is beautiful, and crime needs to be cut," Ingram said.

Ingram is quick to say, don't just look at his neighborhood.

"Harrisburg is a fine neighborhood, but it's just like anywhere. They have their bad spots, they have their good spots, so it's whatever you make it," he said.

Meanwhile, a home stands riddled with bullets as neighbors are rattled by the burglar who hit too close to home.

That intruder was rushed to GHSU where he died from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators have been working all day to find out who he is. They are using fingerprints to help ID him.

Investigators questioned Lockhart before he was released. They categorize this as a justifiable homicide.

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