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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say they won't charge a homeowner who shot a burglar outside his home Tuesday night.

The suspect was caught trying to steal items from the homeowner's boat and shed.

Henry County Police said they responded to the home on Leigh Drive in Ellenwood at around 11:30 p.m. They said it was the second time the homeowner was burglarized.

The homeowner, who was not identified, came home from work and his dog alerted him to a burglar a car port where he stored his boat. Police said at some point, while holding the suspect at gunpoint, the homeowner shot him in the stomach.

Several residents said they have been victimized by thieves in the past and they backed their neighbor's actions.

"I think he did what he had to do," said next door neighbor Reginald Warnsley, who had a riding lawn mower stolen in a prior burglary.

Police said they won't charge the homeowner.

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At the point where he was confronted by the subject, the subject made some type of offensive move towards him and he felt like he needed to defend himself, and he did,
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said Henry County Police Lt. Joey Smith.

It wasn't the first time the homeowner who shot the thief was burglarized. Last November, neighbor Elson Reaves says someone stole his pickup truck and then used it to transport goods stolen from the same neighbor who shot the thief last night.

Reaves said his neighbors are taking action and are prepared if it happens again.

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You do just like everybody else,
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he said.
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You make sure you light
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em up if you get a chance, but you have to have something legal to light
'
em up with.
"

Otis Frank said he
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s not sure how he would have reacted if he was confronted by a burglar.

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If I felt I was in harm
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s way or being threatened I'd have to protect myself,
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he said. When asked if he was ready to protect himself, Frank said,
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Always.
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Police have not identified the burglar who was shot because he has not been charged yet. They said he suffered serious injuries but will live. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

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