Bond set at $75,000 for burglary suspect grazed by bullet

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A James Island man opened fire on another man who he says was breaking into his truck in front of his home and the sheriff says he has no problem with what happened based on a 144 year old state law.

The suspect was locked up and is facing two charges after sheriff's deputies determined the homeowner wasn't to blame.

Ronald McLellan, 32, had his bond hearing Wednesday afternoon where bond was set at $75,000.

Investigators say on Feb. 22, McLellan broke into a truck on Julian Clark Drive and tried to steal more than $2,000 worth of stereo equipment from the vehicle.

Authorities say the shooter fired five rounds at McLellan's car as he fled the scene with one of those rounds grazing his head. The sheriff says the shooter was not charged based on an 1866 state law that gives residents  arrest powers in certain situations.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said, "The fact of the matter is the precedence is clearly there that under these circumstances, the homeowner is not charged, that's the precedence."

The suspected thief, McLellan told deputies he only had been looking through curbside trash and was not breaking into the truck.

Investigators say they didn't buy his story.

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