Sheriff on shooting: Attempted burglar is accountable for outcome of situation

Mac Chason mugSTAFF REPORT :::

Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed that a Wednesday morning shooting that occurred on Willow Drive has been ruled self defense.

According to a press release issued by Dix, deputies responded to the residence at approximately 5:42 a.m. in response to a burglary in progress and shooting.

The homeowners reported they were awakened by the sound of someone attempting to break in to their residence through a front window.

The female resident armed herself with a handgun and walked toward the sound. As she entered her living room, she saw an object hit the window and break it out. At that point she could see a white male wearing a red shirt and blue jeans standing outside the window.

She then fired a warning shot out of the window in an attempt to scare the suspect away and began calling out to him that she had called 911. She continued to yell at him telling him to leave her home. The suspect then attempted force the front door open to gain entry to the residence.

The male resident then fired one round toward the suspect causing him to fall off of their porch and run away.

They then called 911 to report the incident not knowing if the suspect had been struck by the round.

As deputies arrived and began searching the area, they located the suspect, identified as 53-year-old Mac Chason laying at the corner of Willow and Pine streets.

Chason had a single gunshot wound to his left shoulder, and was transported to Atlanta Medical for treatment.

Chason has been released into the custody of SCSO investigators and is awaiting transport back to the Spalding County Detention Center where he is facing charges of criminal attempt to commit burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and criminal trespass.

“We are thankful that the residents were not hurt during this incident and our thought and prayers are with them. These citizens were in bed asleep when this criminal attempted to break in to their house. It appears that the residents did all that they could do to stop the incident before it escalated to the point where they felt that they had no other choice but to defend themselves,” Dix said. “A warning shot was fired, Chason was repeatedly told to leave and was even warned that law enforcement officers had been called. Chason continued to attempt to gain entry to the house and forced the residents to take action to defend themselves. Chason made a poor decision and paid the price for his actions. He alone is accountable for the outcome of this situation.”

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