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No Charges in Road Rage Shooting; N.A. Man Fired in Self Defense

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A North Augusta man who shot six times at a pick-up truck in Augusta Thursday night and critically injured the driver will not be charged, authorities said.

Austin Dean Burch, 27, of North Augusta, was “justified in his actions,” sheriff’s Sgt. Glen Rahn said.

Geoffrey B. Reavis2The gunfire struck 25-year-old Geoffrey B. Reavis in the head and shoulder and he’s being treated at GRU Hospital. (Reavis is pictured above and at right in images from Facebook. He recently moved  to Augusta from Henderson, N.C.)

Burch told deputies that the driver of a silver 1999 Ford Ranger pick-up truck was following him and kept trying to run his 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 off the road. He said the truck struck his vehicle twice.

“Burch stated he feared for his life, so he pulled out his firearm and discharged the weapon six times into the Ford Ranger,” a sheriff’s report says.

Reavis had a passenger in his vehicle, Christopher Kelley, who was not struck by the gunfire and was evaluated at the scene, authorities said.

Austin BurchAuthorities took Burch (pictured at right from Facebook images) and the passenger Kelley to the Criminal Investigation Division to interview them. Investigators determined that Burch was justified in his actions and released him.

However, if Reavis survives his injuries, charges may be brought for his actions in this incident, Sgt. Rahn said.

“At the conclusion of this investigation the case will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office for further review,” he said.

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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Why are the pictures of the guy who got shot of him in a nice tie and smiling with a baby, but the guy who did the shooting is pictured holding multiple firearms and looking threatening even though the story paints a completely different picture of the two people involved. The smiling, tie wearing, family man is actually the bully aggressor who got what he deserved and the gun toting, vigilante is actually a guy who was just trying to defend himself. Someone trying to force an agenda maybe?

  2. They drive crazy in North Carolina. I don’t go there often but I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been flipped off, screamed at and honked at in and around Charlotte. North Carolina doesn’t feel “South” at all. Doesn’t surprise me that this Yankee psycho lost it and tried to run the other guy off the road. He didn’t bargain with the gun, though.

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