2018-02-07 / Front Page

Intruder shot, killed

A Blakely woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home Saturday night and tried to assault her and her daughter.

The Early County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies to 130 Woodlawn Dr. at approximately 11:30 p.m. when they received a 911 call reporting a home intrusion and shooting.

The homeowner told the 911 dispatcher an intruder was found in the house. She reported the intruder assaulted her and her 12-year-old daughter and during the incident she had shot at the intruder and then locked herself and daughter in a bedroom.

She told officers, having heard a noise in her daughter’s bedroom, she was trying to wedge a large wooden spoon into a window with a cracked pane.

She heard a noise behind her and turned around and saw the intruder, wearing all black, crouching down in the closet. When she screamed he attacked her, but she struck him several times with the wooden spoon and he went into the hallway.

Afraid for her daughter, she got her gun and started shooting at him in the living room before he ran out the door.

Deputies arrived on the scene and secured the area. While searching the exterior of the residence, deputies located a male subject, later identified as Michael Lindsey, 53, of Rock Bluff Rd., lying unresponsive in the yard, suffering from apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

Lindsey was transported to Lifebrite Hospital emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators and the GBI investigated the scene throughout the night and the following morning. The investigation is ongoing, but based on evidence recovered at the scene and from witness interviews, the Sheriff’s Office is not currently seeking any arrest warrants in the case.

Investigators have not released all the information about the incident, but did confirm a 2002 Nissan Altima registered to Lindsey was discovered behind the Budget Inn on North Main.

A search of that vehicle resulted in the recovery of evidence investigators feel may be pertinent to the investigation.

Authorities noted Lindsey was convicted of child molestation in 1999 in Early County Superior Court.

Upon completion of the investigation, all findings will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact investigators at 723-3158.

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