Police: Homeowner not being charged in fatal shooting at this time

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County Police say a Conway homeowner who shot and killed a man who threatened him and his wife at gunpoint is not facing charges at this time.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, says officers were dispatched to a home at 3140 Wayside Dr. in Conway in reference to a home invasion and shooting. Upon arrival, investigators learned the homeowner shot and killed one of three suspects who broke into his home, demanding money and valuables.

Tony Hendrick of the Horry County Coroner's Office identified the man who was killed as Anthony Andre Browne Jr., 23, of Conway.

James Gagum says at least four shots were fired during the incident, one of which went through his home.

"It was him instead of me or me instead of him," Gagum said, noting Browne pointed a gun at him and his wife.

All three intruders fled the scene, but officials found Browne's body in a wooded area next to the location of the home invasion.

"He could not have ran that far because I knew I shot him with a .357 three times, square in the mid-section," Gagum recalled hours after the man's death.

Investigators questioned Gagum about the shooting, and he was released. Gagum contends he was just protecting his life, family and property. Kegler said Thursday that he will not be charged.

"You're left between them killing you now, or you killing them," Gagum said. "That's where we're coming to. It's coming to that point."

Two other suspects involved in the home invasion were believed to have fled in a blue SUV. A man and woman were taken into custody in Loris later Wednesday. Kegler says the man that was arrested is still being held, but has not yet been charged. The female that was arrested Wednesday was later released.

Kegler says investigators are looking for another suspect at this time, but do not have a description.

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