UPDATE: Loganville Mother Shoots Burglar Several Times

A burglar was shot by a Loganville homeowner Friday morning. She was hiding in an attic space and shot him when he located her.

LOGANVILLE, GA — UPDATE: According to Walton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Keith Brooks, the young mother shot the burglar after he broke into her Loganville home Friday morning. Brooks said deputies were called in on a report of a burglary in progress. The home was in the Henderson Ridge subdivision off south Sharon Church Road.

"She was aware he was trying to break into the home and took the children and hid in an attic space with them, but he found her," Brooks said, adding that was when she shot him." She then ran to a neighbor with the children and he left in a car.

Brooks said the burglar subsequently wrecked the car in the woods, which is where the deputies found him.

"He was conscious and alert when we got to him," Brooks said, adding they are withholding the name of the burglar for the moment. The Walton Tribune reported that it was a 32-year-old Loganville man and that he was in a critical condition after being shot five times. WSBTV is reporting his name is Paul Slater, of Atlanta, and that he has a record. He also has been listed as a Snellville resident in previous mug shots.

Karsten Torch January 11, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Yeah, that's OK. Unlike some, I'm OK with being offended. I have no right to not be offended. I'll survive. And as long as I'm picking nits, your concept of malice of forethought is the same as saying that if somebody buys a fire extinguisher for their house, they're hoping their house catches fire. Which I kind of doubt. A gun is a tool. Recreation, personal protection, whatever. And a gun had more uses than a fire extinguisher. So no, there is no malice. Nobody I know bought a gun so that they could kill somebody. And everybody I know prays nothing like this will ever happen to them, but hopes they have the courage and fortitude to do what this woman did.
Paul Martinelli January 12, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Karsten, I am not writing this to you but to Amy. First Karsten, Amy has a screw loose. For her to say that that Mom was a killer is just about the sickest thing I have ever heard. If she purchased the kill because she wanted to kill someone because thats why people buy guns is nuts. If she was waiting to kill someone whey did she go up into the corner of her attic? Why not just sit and wait for him the break in then blow him away? Why was she scared Sh#tless? I have a number of guns. I am retired and I relax by target shooting. It not very easy to hit that little Bullseye with that little bullit and when you do it feels good and gets out alot of energy. I was just thinking. Does this amy drive a car? I wonder, is she driving around looking for a jaywalker to run over? Sounds just as crazy as her idea that people buy guns waiting to shoot someone.
Karsten Torch January 12, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Paul, Amy doesn't have a screw loose. This is what she honestly believes. It's born out of ignorance. And I don't mean that to say stupid. She's not that. She just doesn't understand. For her and others like her, guns exist for one purpose only. To kill. Take my analogy of a fire extinguisher. You buy it to out out fires. Guns shoot things. And in her mind, the only thing somebody would buy one for is to kill somebody. Again, its purely because of a misunderstanding of guns and their purpose. People like Amy have a deep respect for life. Even for people like this scumbag that broke into the house and hunted down the woman and her family. Amy said earlier that she probably couldn't have pulled the trigger. But I'm willing to bet if it was her husband or children or mother that was being threatened, she would. But maybe not to defend herself. Again, some people hold all life sacred, and would rather be the ones killed than do the killing.
Paul Martinelli January 12, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Karsten , First off, Thank You. You are right and I realize that and respect you for your out look. I just get so angry when people look at things through eyes like her. How anyone would think that someone would want to kill someone is crazy. I wish there was a way of finding out how that Mom is. I'm sure she is glad she was able to protect her kids but she must be torn up inside. I don't know her so in a way I am glad she didn't kill him. I don't know if she would be able to live with that. Thank You again for your point of view, it really made me think.
Amy January 12, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Yup, you're right. I do have respect for the human life. And stop it with those ridiculous analogies. Food is a killer. Water is a killer. Fire is a killer. A gun is not a killer in your eyes; people are. I get it.
Karsten Torch January 12, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Food is a killer? Water is a killer? I'm not even sure what you're talking about here. And my analogies aren't ridiculous. Or tell me why you think they are. Again, I don't buy a fire extinguisher because I want to start a fire. I don't even particularly want to have to put out a fire. Just like me buying a gun does not mean I want to shoot somebody. And again, I know that you only see guns from your narrow point of view. I get it. You see no other purpose. Especially since in this day and age we don't have to hunt for food any more. But some of us enjoy them. We enjoy shooting them, and we enjoy the level of security they give us.
Tammy Osier January 12, 2013 at 07:04 PM
The bible (for those who say they read it) gives a clear distinction between murder and killing. If you read translated versions, many times you'll see the word "kill". For instance, "God said, concerning animals, kill and eat". He didn't say "murder and eat". There is a word for "kill". Apostle Paul murdered christians wherever he could find them. In modern translations, it says "kill", but the word for murder is used in reference to those whose intent was evil. Jesus told the disciples to take their cloak AND their sword. Why? In the event someone might try to take their life unlawfully (murder them). To call someone a murderer (or killer) because they defend themselves is the ultimate in misinterpretation! I have mercy on the perp, and hope he finds redemption in his life. But, I want him locked up as long as he has the intent to harm innocent people. We're to be careful what we call people as those who have account before God. This woman will probably jump out of her skin every time she hears a fire cracker for the rest of her life. A car backfires, she fears. To call her anything but a victim, is, well, someone used the word ignorant. TO be ignorant is one thing; I'm ignorant about lot's of things, but we need to learn to keep our thinking from becoming so narrow that we defend wrong. Deep respect for all life requires wisdom in knowing the difference between terms lest you agree with evil and allow it to flourish. Be gentle as lambs, yet shrewd as a serpent.
Amy January 12, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Right, you don't buy a fire extinguisher because you want to start a fire, you buy gasoline. It's obvious that a higher level of thinking is unattainable for you. Who cares if you have a gun, like a gun, or sleep with your gun. Keith Ratliff lived for his guns. Luckily for him, he died by the gun. I hope they never find his killer.
Tammy Osier January 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Amy - here is why people are frustrated with you. You get mad when someone wishes ill on a perp that wanted to harm an innocent woman and children (terrifying them) YET, you say this: Keith Ratliff lived for his guns. Luckily for him, he died by the gun. I hope they never find his killer. There is not excuse or reply for this. Then you get personal basically telling people that THEY need a higher level of thinking? really? You ridicule them as being ridiculous? One finger pointing at others is 4 pointing back at yourself. I think most of the productive conversations have been said on this one. Hasta lavista ya'll. See you on the next one.
Amy January 13, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Amen Pastor Tammy.
Paul Martinelli January 13, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Tammy and Karsten, This Amy is beyond ignorant. What go's around comes around. I hope that the day comes when she feels the fear of someone breaking into her home in the middle of the night. At best it takes the police 7 1/2 min. to responed. That fill feel like a life time. I sit and think. Maybe shes fooling. No one can be that stupid.
Paul Martinelli January 13, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Amy, You are a horses a#s
Tim January 13, 2013 at 03:07 AM
She's probably got a perp as a boyfriend......
Karsten Torch January 13, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Tammy, thank you. I didn't have a chance to respond yet. The hypocrisy is actually frightening. I can't believe I've humored this person for this long. Amy, your logic is astounding. You are quite possibly the most screwed up person I've ever come across. You value life, unless that person happens to disagree with you. He owned guns, and didn't break any laws by doing so. But because he did something you don't happen to like, then good riddance. And hopefully the person that killed him gets away with it. Wow. You can safely go find other people to talk to now. But at least at this point, we know she actually meant to say 'murder.'
Amy January 13, 2013 at 05:16 AM
My logic isn't that astounding Karsten. As a matter of fact, if you've ever taken a ride on an airplane and possibly leave the state of GA, you'll find that there plenty more like me. So now the horror of me wishing a killer is never found, compared to my disgust with you people for wishing an injured man dies.
Amy January 13, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Well I can assure you that if I had a boyfriend who happened to be a perp, he'd be hella more ambitious than Paul Slater. I saw a picture of the people's house on the news. Pretty unremarkable house, for GA standards. I imagine Slater was after Maw and Paw's banjo. He probably could have gotten $50 bucks for it at the pawn shop.
Karsten Torch January 13, 2013 at 04:56 PM
So they didn't have an outstanding house, so now this criminal is not living up to what should be his expectations because of that? Again, you are seriously f&@$ed up. I just can't determine if you're serious, or a troll. Based on your other comments,I'm going with troll. You feel free to comment all you want. I'm for with you. Completely. Oh, and just in case you are serious, I truly hope you find yourself in a position where you need help, and it doesn't come. In any form. Then you'll be praying for somebody like me to come and save your sorry ass. And I'll go ahead and throw my apologies out to others. I don't normally attack people like this. But wishing that a law-abiding citizen's murderer gets away Scott free, to calling this hero a murderer, to casting aspersions on the family because their house isn't as nice as she thinks it should be. I'm just astounded here....
Bob M January 13, 2013 at 05:19 PM
"So they didn't have an outstanding house,"? So what? Some people don't need a mansion. This woman shows that she cares for what's important, her kids!
Bob M January 13, 2013 at 05:28 PM
A question, is this guy going to live to be tried? This is not local to me and I can't find a report on his condition. Or on the medical bills that he certainly can't pay on his own. That might be a very nice follow up story as "we" are probably paying for it.
Karsten Torch January 13, 2013 at 05:41 PM
It looks like he's going to, last I heard. Which was sometime Friday, I think. Still serious, but stable. So yeah, we get to pay for this guy's medical care. But I'm sure somebody like Amy can justify that, too. Hell, maybe the lady that tried to murder him should pay for it?
Bob M January 13, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I'd love to be on the jury where he sues her for medical bills. I'd have trouble keeping a straight face during the trial, but would love to write the jury statement about his worthless a$$!
Paul Martinelli January 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Karsten Torch, I think this Amy is just a friggin nut. She has to be just trying to get to ya. Don't let her have that power. Make believe she is dead. Try as hard as you can to not answer her. From all the thing she has writen she must be a very lonely person who has no one in her life. I have never heard anyone with her point of view so don't even answer her and maybe she will go back under the rock she came out from and make the world a better place without her around.
Gay Price January 14, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Hurrah for this woman and her children. I don't know how many people would react this well. She tried to avoid confrontation and called for help. When it comes down to the last resort she did what she had to do. If this criminal was on drugs, there is no way to know how many bullets it would take to drop him.
Paul Martinelli January 14, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Karsten, If you look back or remember the first thing I said about this Amy was, That she was screwed up. I never in my life heard such crazy things from one person. She must be out on a day pass from the looney bin.
Amy January 15, 2013 at 01:48 AM
She/he can't, and neither can you dumb dumb! You're both so transparent.
Paul Martinelli January 15, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Amy, You are a fool and not worth a answer. Your Dead to me.
Amy January 15, 2013 at 02:39 AM
There...I'm DEAD! (simulating a self inflicted knife being plunged into my heart....twisting it). Oops...I'm back.
Tammy Osier January 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Oh Lord Amy! A knife? Eeeeewww! You've been watching too many Chuckie movies! lol
RuralTown April 01, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Mr. Albright Jr The perp was NOT trying to flee (going up into the attic where the mother and children were hiding). As for you saying she was not in immediate danger, this POS broke into HER home with a crowbar and when he heard her speaking (she was on the phone), went LOOKING for her. What is your definition of "immediate danger"? Logically, any intruder, uninvited, whom breaks into a home HAS placed the residents in immediate danger! A few days before this happened, I had a similar situation arise at my home at a quarter after midnight. I'm only about 10 miles from where this incident occurred. Only before the POS could break into my home, I turned my dogs on 'em as a warning. I remained inside my home locked and loaded! Castle Doctrine gives me this right. The dogs did their job, but I assure you, if they hadn't scared this waste of human flesh away, and he gained entry, my Glock would have served its' intended purpose. I will not lose my life, nor be harmed from some scumbag.
Holland Gurnee April 02, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Mr. Albright Jr. You apparently took my comment the wrong way . I was being a smart A$$ because of something else going on at the time. The only thing I see wrong is the man left the house on his own. He should have been carried out. The lady did a good enough job though as he didn't get far. I am proud of her for standing up to him. Unlike you I have no dogs, but my family knows when they come around they had better make noise so I can hear them or.


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