Spartanburg, South Carolina

From Greenville’s WYFF4.com of October 23, 2007

Deputies: Homeowner Shoots 2 Burglars

Spartanburg County deputies said two home invasion robbers were shot early Tuesday morning by the man who lived in the home they tried to burglarize.

Deputies said that the men forced their way into the home on Harley Court about 4 a.m. The man who lives in the home said that he got his pistol and fired several shots at the men, who ran away.

Investigators said that Lashawn D. Miller, 22, and Haldane D. Oden, 21, were located a short time later in the emergency room at Mary Black Hospital. Both men had gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s office said that Miller and Oden will be charged with first-degree burglary.

There was no immediate word on the extent of their injuries.

From the MyrtleBeachOnline.com of October 24, 2007

Homeowner who shoots would-be robbers faces no charges

A 31-year-old man will not face charges for shooting two men who broke into his home, authorities said.

Lamont Dawkins said he grabbed his pistol and hid behind his refrigerator after hearing glass break and his back door being kicked about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Dawkins said he fired several rounds as two men entered, and they ran away. Investigators found Lashawn Miller, 22, and Haldane Oden, 21, both of Spartanburg, in a hospital emergency room.

“I was scared at first, but now I feel good. I just didn’t want nothing to happen to me,” Dawkins told WYFF News 4.

Miller was treated for a gunshot wound to his right arm and Oden was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Authorities said both face first-degree burglary charges.

Dawkins will not be charged because he used the weapon to defend himself, authorities said.

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