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Burglary victim didn't mean to shoot girl

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   A South Albany man who fired shots after his door was kicked in says he didn't mean to shoot a 15-year-old girl.

Today Albany Police arrested four teenage boys, ages 15 and 16, for kicking down 58-year-old Cecil Tyson's door late Thursday night. Tyson is out of jail after being arrested for reckless conduct, because he opened fire as the burglars ran away.

The former Army veteran regrets shooting 15-year-old Yasmine Walker in the thumb, but says he fired his gun out of fear from repeated recent break ins. "I stood right here and I just opened fire," Tyson said.

Cecil Tyson says he fired without aiming from his front porch, after his door was kicked in Thursday night.  "Knock, knock, knock. I didn't answer the door. Next thing I know the door is coming open. Wide open,"  Tyson said.

Tyson said this is the fourth break-in in recent months at his home on Alice Avenue. He uses an iron bar to barricade his back door. He had his .22 rifle loaded next to him the night of the break in. 

 "I jumped up and grabbed my rifle, and I ran to the door." Tyson said he shot twice, not meaning to shoot anyone, just scare them. Then realized that it was young girls running away.

Tyson said he fired because, "Afraid, because I was tired of it. Ain't nobody but me. And you got a gang of them. Ain't no telling what would happen. After watching television. Everybody getting robbed and shot and all this, I don't want to be the victim."

Tyson said he waited on his porch for a long time, then went back to bed two hours later. That's when Police came and arrested him, telling him for the first time that he had shot a 15-year-old girl.

Investigators said he should not have come out of his house and fired as the crooks ran away. Tyson says he hates that Walker was hurt, but wonders if he should have to go to jail for it.

Asked if he thinks anybody will come back and bother him again, Tyson said "I ain't had no more trouble yet. But same thing, same thing. Only thing, I ain't going to step out on the porch."

And now Tyson waits for his court date, hoping thieves will leave him and his home alone.


Tyson called the misdemeanor reckless conduct charges against him "a mess that he hates." He said he wonders if other people in Albany might have done the same thing in his shoes.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said he will read the police investigation before deciding if Tyson will be prosecuted, saying that even if he does a Grand Jury and a Trial Jury would have to find him guilty.

The four teens arrested today went before a Juvenile Judge.

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