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Augusta Burglar Killed by Homeowner in Middle of Night


LawsonAn Augusta burglar was shot dead by the homeowner in the middle of the night Monday, authorities said.

Anthony James Lawson, 40, was shot at a residence on the 2400 block of Wrightsboro Road, Coroner Mark Bowen said.

“Lawson received at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene at 3:38 a.m.,” the coroner said. “Lawson was shot by the homeowner after breaking into the residence on Wrightsboro Road.”

Lawson is shown here from a 2011 mugshot for disorderly conduct. He was listed as homeless that year.

More importantly, he has a conviction from 2003 for reckless conduct by an HIV infected person. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but served less than three years before his release.

Lawson also had convictions for theft by taking and public drunkenness.

Lawson’s body will be sent to the GBI Atlanta Lab for an autopsy sometime early part of this week, the coroner said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating, but they have not released details on the shooting or the homeowner.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. well looks like” he choose poorly “, Another innocent person forced to take deadly action against another one of these sorry lowlifes .Crooks be warned we are tired of you stealing from us hard working people and we are arming our selves , think about it, is losing your life or freedom worth a stupid tv ,lawn mower, or some little shiny piece of jewelry don’t think so ,a lot of these break ins is for drug money ,just not worth it people get help its free you just have to be strong and ask for it

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