Coroner: Intruder died of strangulation after being choked by homeowner

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a man who broke his way into a house was found dead after a struggle with the homeowner in Walterboro.

According to the Walterboro Police Department, Anthony Drayton was found dead at a home on Bethea Street around 8:15 p.m. on Thursday.

The homeowner told police that Drayton rang his doorbell and when he answered the door, Drayton forced his way into the residence and a struggle ensued.

Investigators report that the homeowner was able to subdue Drayton while his wife called 911.

When officers and emergency officials arrived, they found Drayton unresponsive, He was later pronounced dead by the Colleton County corner. According to the coroner's office, he died of strangulation due to the choke hold.

The homeowner says he was defending his family when the suspect died after an apparent choke hold. The homeowner's wife says Drayton was growling and barking like a dog and acted like he was possessed.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner. The investigation continues into the incident.

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