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Colleton County homeowner shoots suspect during burglary attempt

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The home owner said he fired a warning shot and when the suspect came towards him, he fired at the victim with his shotgun and the suspect ran off towards Smyly Road. The home owner said he fired a warning shot and when the suspect came towards him, he fired at the victim with his shotgun and the suspect ran off towards Smyly Road.
COLLETON COUNTY, SC -

Just before midnight Sunday deputies responded to a call at 1772 Smyly Road in Colleton County in reference to a burglary in progress and possible shooting.

According to the homeowner, he heard a noise coming from his shed and looked out his window and saw an unknown subject coming out of his storage shed with an object in his hand. The home owner said he fired a warning shot and when the suspect came towards him, he fired at the victim with his shotgun and the suspect ran off towards Smyly Road. The home owner stated that he did not know if he hit the suspect or not.

Responding deputies found a burgundy Nissan Sentra in the middle of Smyly Road near the incident location unoccupied but a large amount of what appeared to be blood was found in the driver's seat and door frame.

Investigators were notified and responded to the scene where it was processed and statements taken. A short time later, the Colleton Regional Medical Center in Walterboro notified the Sheriff's Office that they had an individual come in with a gunshot wound to the thigh and pelvic area. The suspect was transported to MUSC in Charleston.

"It's unfortunate that someone was shot in this case, however, the home owner has the right to protect himself and his property. The Sheriff's Office will not be seeking charges against the home owner for the shooting." said Sheriff Strickland. The investigation is continuing in reference to charges for the burglary.

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