Alachua County man charged after shooting a teen car burglar

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Police say a man of Alachua County who allegedly shot a minor in the back and tagged it was self-defense has been charged with battery.

51-year-old Chad Locke located the victim burgling his neighbor’s car, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies.

Reports said the minor ran away from Locke, who then fired shots, hitting the victim to the back.

Locke is being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Deputies say the victim was treated at the hospital for his injuries.