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UPDATE: No charges to be filed in shooting of Wrightsboro Rd home invasion suspect

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

An Augusta homeowner will not be facing charges for shooting and killing a man who broke into his home.

At around 2:54 a.m Monday, September 12, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was called out to 2439 1/2 Wrightsboro Road for a reported home invasion. When they arrived at the scene, deputies found forty-year-old Anthony James Lawson dead with at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:38 a.m.

Lawson reportedly attempted to kick in the door to the home and resorted to pushing out a window air conditioner to gain access to the home. The homeowner told investigators they called police when the kicking began and shot Lawson after he entered the home.

No charges will be filed against the homeowner.

It's a situation no one wants to be in, a home invasion in progress.

"When you're in fear of great bodily harm, you have the right to protect yourself," says Lieutenant Allan Rollins. But the Richmond County Sheriff's Office prefers you call authorities first, which is exactly what this homeowner did.

"We're more along the lines of when you hear something going on to call us first. If you have a possible avenue of escape, that's what you do, you escape," explains Rollins.

If you have to make a split-second decision, get yourself to someplace safe. "Get away, go out the back door, they came in the front, go out the back. Call 911, call the sheriff's office, call anybody, go to your neighbor's house,” says Rollins.

In this case, the homeowner is NOT facing charges. But Rollins says, there can be consequences in cases like these. "If you have made the mistake, you're going to have to pay the price of making the mistake when you do it." 

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