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    Got 'im! Got that dman burglar!

    Updated Tuesday, September11 at 7:39AM

    Madison Co. man shoots, kills intruder
    By B.J. Williams

    COMER - A man was shot to death after he apparently broke into a house in Madison County, authorities said.

    The homeowner shot and killed William Keith Parks, 41, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when Parks entered the home, Madison County Sheriff Clayton Lowe said.

    Parks was shot in the chest with a shotgun at close range as he entered the house from the back porch, according to Madison County Coroner Michelle Cleveland.

    There was no altercation prior to the shooting, she said, and the homeowner's wife called 911 immediately after the shooting.

    ``It was dark and he just fired,'' Cleveland said.

    The name of the homeowner was not immediately released. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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    You should see how they defend their bridges in that county... OK, bad joke.:celebrate

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    I wonder if he will be charged?

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    Looks likea shoot justified by law. Game over. That dirty bum burglar will burgle no more! Guy had a lonnnnggg record.

    The family member who moved in to protect the houseafter the first burglary was prepared!And waiting withhis neutralize the attacker...

    Intruder, a vet, was troubled
    Shot by homeowner

    A burglar was shot and killed Sunday by the owner of a house at the corner of Sims and South Gholston streets in Comer.

    Tricia Spaulding/Staff By Joe Johnson

    Story updated at 12:06 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    William "Keith" Parks can't explain why he broke into a house outside downtown Comer last weekend. A man waiting inside shot and killed him as he entered the vacant home that was burglarized once before.

    But only days before he died, Parks stopped by an Athens Veterans of Foreign Wars post seeking direction from fellow veterans for problems that ran so deep, they made him cry at the drop of a hat, according to one of the vets.

    "He was emotionally screwed up," said Tony Moon, an area contractor who grew up and went to school with Parks in Madison County. "Every time he'd start talking, his eyes would well up about the least little thing. They don't realize this guy was a veteran who had some mental issues and stuff."

    Parks claimed to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from deploying to Beirut with the U.S. Marines during the Lebanese civil war in the early 1980s, Moon said Tuesday.

    "He talked about that a lot, really dwelled on it," Moon said. "He mentioned about having to kill folks over there - a lot of that kind of stuff was the topic of conversation."

    The 41-year-old Carlton man had been to Veterans Affairs hospitals at least twice for emotional problems, but he never seemed to get the help he needed and kept landing in trouble, according to Moon.

    But the contractor doesn't excuse his childhood friend's choice to break into a house, a decision that got him killed.

    "He got what he got," Moon said. "But there was a lot of ball-dropping."

    Parks didn't show signs or report that he had emotional problems or mental illness during various stays in jail, according to Madison County Sheriff Clayton Lowe.

    "I've seen him almost every day for months, and I never noticed anything like that," Lowe said Tuesday.

    In fact, according to the sheriff, Parks was granted trusty status during his last stint behind bars on a burglary charge and was allowed to do janitorial work around the jail. That privilege is not given to prisoners with behavioral problems, the sheriff said.

    Parks was arrested in February for allegedly burglarizing a Comer business, but was allowed out last month so he could care for his mother in Colbert and drive her to chemotherapy treatments, according to Lowe.

    Parks didn't return one night, and his mother reported her car stolen. When he was killed early Sunday, he was wanted on an auto theft charge. Earlier the day his mother's car went missing, he started work at a Comer-area factory but was fired the same day because he was drinking, according to Moon.

    The house at the corner of Sims and Gholston streets had been vacant since the homeowner, an 82-year-old widower, died in June, and on Friday night, someone broke in and stole cash, jewelry and other valuables.

    The homeowner's son moved in the next day to sit guard with a shotgun, and Parks, who was unarmed, was killed by a single blast to the chest when he broke in shortly after midnight.

    Officials believe Parks probably intended to steal from the house to support a drug habit, since officers found in his pants pocket a glass pipe called a "straight shooter," which Lowe said is used to smoke crack and methamphetamine.

    But Moon, an 11-year Army veteran, gives Parks the benefit of the doubt, saying Parks was homeless after losing his job and stealing his mother's car.

    "Maybe he just wanted to go in there to sleep," Moon said. "What they did was shoot an emotionally disturbed veteran."

    Lowe doubts that theory, because investigators learned that while Parks was on the lam from the auto theft charge, he was staying with a friend in Comer.

    Whatever led Parks to the house at Sims and Gholston streets early Sunday probably had something to do with the internal demons he struggled with, according to Moon.

    "I had this gut feeling that something bad was going to happen to him," Moon said. "It seemed to me he had no idea where to turn in life and was at a stopping point where existence just didn't mean anything."

    A Georgia Bureau of Investigation official said Parks' death likely will be ruled a justifiable homicide, but the Madison County district attorney will make the final decision after prosecutors review witness statements and receive the GBI's autopsy report, which should be completed within 60 days.

    Under state law, a person may use deadly force to defend a home if "the person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the commission of a felony ... and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony."

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    Someone enteringyour house via backdoor at night is never a good thing. Shotgun to the chest will do the trick.

    If the amount of money and time politicians spent trying to take guns away from law abiding citizens and silly lawsuits was used to help these troubled folks out, ya might not see this as much. But then again some folks just don't wan to be helped.

    In the end it is the Law abiding citizen that is forced to defend themselves because the system does not do its part.At least in this case the citizen was able to arm and protect themself.

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