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Burglar accidentally shoots, kills another burglar at east Macon home

Police say James Robert Young Jr. was shot and killed Monday morning while attempting to burlarize a home. The accused shooter was another burglar.

Police say James Robert Young Jr. was shot and killed Monday morning while attempting to burlarize a home. The accused shooter was another burglar. less

A would-be burglar was accidently shot and killed by his alledged cohort Monday morning in east Macon.

James Robert Young, 41, and another man were attempting to burglarize a home at 152 Bradstone Circle, off Millerfield Road, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff David Davis said the owner of the home woke up to find the men in her home trying to steal her television.

"She was startled and hollered at the intruders," Davis said standing outside of the home Monday about an hour after the shooting.

"When she yelled, the men ran out," Davis said. "As they went out the door, one of the suspects turned around and fired one shot backwards and struck the other suspect in the head."

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones identified the dead man as Young.

His alleged accomplice got away. Davis says they're following leads and trying to find him.

Young is no stranger to local law men. He's been in the Bibb County jail 35 times - six of those were for burglary.

The State Public Corrections website says Young was in prison for burglary for four years until August 2016.

Dexter Miller lives in the neighborhood and says it is usually pretty calm.

“Kids, children, you know walking around playing in the streets,” said Miller.

That is why Miller says he was surprised when he heard a burglary led to a shooting just a few houses away.

“It's shocking to everyone in the neighborhood, but I just didn't understand. Why here?” said Miller.

Miller says he learned a lesson from the burglary, and he will start taking extra precaution.

The Sheriff's Office says they are still looking for the other burglar.

They are asking for anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Office or Crimestopers at 1-877-68CRIME.

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