Macon, GA - Two burglars, James Young, age 44, and Aurie Mathis, age 16, broke into a woman's home on Monday, June 19. As they were fleeing, one of the criminal masterminds accidentally killed his partner instead of the burglary victim, according to 13MAZ.
The incident occurred Monday morning about 10 AM at 152 Bradstone Circle, off Millerfield Road. Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said that Young and Mathis rang a doorbell when the homeowner was sleeping, and when there was no answer, they kicked in the door. The woman who lived there then woke up and caught them in the act of trying to steal her TV.
Sheriff Davis said, "She was startled, and hollered at the intruders." The burglars then fled after she started yelling, with Young trailing behind carrying the TV.
Not about to let a woman get away with "hollering" at him, Aurie Mathis turned around and opened fire.
Sheriff 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."
Aurie Mathis didn't hesitate after seeing his partner in crime go down - he kept running.
When deputies arrived, they found Jame Young's lifeless body in the doorway. Young's criminal history is especially noteworthy; he has been in the Bibb County Jail 35 times, and six of those were for burglary. At the time he was killed, he had been out of prison for less than a year.
The homeowner got through the incident unharmed.
The killer was identified on Monday as Aurie Mathis. A warrant has been issued for Mathis for felony murder, according to Macon.com.
Mathis is described as 16 years old, 5-foot-6 and weighing around 140 pounds, and should be considered armed and dangerous.