Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Gwinnett County, Georgia

From Atlanta’s WSBtv.com of May 30, 2006
Teenaged Burglar Shot By Homeowner

Police say a man shot and wounded a teenager he found in his home – attempting to rob him.

Police say 27-year-old Ronald Ramsey arrived at his Lawrenceville home Tuesday afternoon and found 17-year-old Alrazi Basher of Duluth inside, robbing him. Officials say when Basher tried to flee the home, Ramsey shot at Basher and hit him and his vehicle.

Basher drove to a friend’s house nearby, running over a street sign along the way. The friend called 911 after seeing Basher had been shot. Basher was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center to be treated. He is currently listed in serious condition.

The Ford SUV that Basher used to drive to a friend’s house had been stolen from Lawrenceville. Officials say they found stolen property from other burglaries inside the vehicle.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Police say Ramsey is cooperating with authorities.

Basher has been charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft by receiving a motor vehicle.
From the Gwinnett Post of June 6, 2006
Police won’t charge man in shooting of burglar

Police have decided not to charge a Lawrenceville homeowner who shot and injured an alleged burglar at his home last week.

Detective S.K. Shaw of the Gwinnett County Police Department said Monday he will not take out any arrest warrants for 27-year-old Ronald Ramsey. The case file will be forwarded to Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter’s office for review.

“There was no overt violation of criminal law the way we interpret the code section, but obviously Danny may be able to interpret it a little better than us,” Shaw said.

Ramsey had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to police. He could not be reached for comment Monday because his phone number is unlisted. Shaw said Ramsey had been staying with family members in order to avoid media that have attempted to contact him at home.

Ramsey returned to his house on Oakland Walk Court May 30 to find a teenager in the process of burglarizing it. Ramsey’s 3-year-old twins were in the car with him at the time, Shaw said.

Police believe Ramsey grabbed a gun that was in his car and fired several shots at the suspect, later identified as 17-year-old Alrazi Basher, as the teen was walking toward a stolen Ford Expedition parked on the street. One of the bullets struck Basher in the abdomen and several others damaged the SUV.

(Recap the incident)

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