Report: Truck owner exchanges gunfire with thieves during pursuit

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man takes the law into his own hands chasing and shooting his gun at two people he says stole his pickup truck out of his driveway. It happened at about midnight Monday, and the chase started in Moncks Corner and ended in Eutawville.

"I couldn't believe it! It was like in a movie," victim Sylvester Morton said.

Morton says he woke in the middle of the night to hear his truck being cranked up and someone stealing it out right out of his driveway.

"Being a homeowner I do believe that a man or woman have a right to protect what they've worked hard for," he said.

Next thing you know, Morton hops into his other truck to chase the thieves, reaching speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour, trying to get them to stop.

Morton says he rammed the truck he was driving into the back of his stolen truck, damaging both bumpers. Then he says the suspects shot at him several times. He says he shot back, aiming at the tire trying to get the thieves to stop his truck.

"The bullet in that truck could have ended my life. I wasn't trying to hurt them. I was trying to stop my vehicle," Morton said.

Morton chased them for 30 miles. He says when the suspects stopped near a home in Eutawville, a young woman with blond hair jumped out begging him not to shoot her. He says then, a man inside the truck pointed a gun at him and fired. At that point Morton says he backed off and the truck thieves sped off again.

"I was shocked. I was scared. I was afraid for my life. The only thing I wanted was mine. My vehicle. My property, that I worked hard for. I thank God that I'm alive."

Morton says deputies found his truck, abandoned. No arrests have been made. He's waiting to find out if he will face charges for shooting at the people who stole his truck.

Morton says in addition the suspects stole about $4,000 worth of tools from his truck. He also expects some hefty repair bills to replace his bumpers and tires from both trucks.

If you have any information you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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