COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 block of Hudson Mill Road in regards to an “accidental” shooting on September 29.
The victim was suffering from a life threatening gunshot would to his torso, according to Major Jason Chapman with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to brief statements from the victim as well as a statement from his cousin, Ryan Langdale, the victim accidently shot himself while cleaning a hunting rifle.
The victim was rushed into surgery and eventually transferred to a Charleston area hospital for further care, Chapman added.
The investigation resulted in several inconsistencies between the statements and physical evidence collected. The victim claimed during an interview that his cousin, Ryan Langdale, shot him after the victim was warned not to eat his potato chips.
Investigators also learned that Langdale switched weapons while on scene and intentionally pointed out the wrong rifle to Investigators to obscure his involvement.
The news release added that on October 8, 2018, Investigators executed a search warrant at Ryan Langdale’s residence and recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting.
Subsequently, arrest warrants were obtained for Ryan Langdale and that at 9 a.m. this morning, Langdale surrendered to Investigators at the Colleton County Detention Center.
Langdale was booked on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and Obstruction of Justice.
He received a $55,000 surety bond and is currently being housed at the Colleton County Detention Center.