Retired trooper who killed intruder will not face charges

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC/WTOC) - The solicitor's office says a 51-year-old retired state trooper who fatally shot an intruder coming into his home in Beaufort County will not face any charges.

Solicitor Duffie Stone said retired Lt. Chuck Wise was justified in his use of force in the Nov. 14 shooting on Palmetto Bluff Road that took the life of 39-year-old Paul Rowell.

"Mr. Wise had a right to protect himself, his family and his home," Stone said. "The evidence showed that is exactly what he did. He will not be charged with any criminal offense."

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Wise shot and killed Rowell who broke into his home at about 2 a.m. on Palmetto Bluff Road in Bluffton.

Officials with Beaufort County Coroner's Office says Rowell, of Mobile, Ala., was shot multiple times in the torso.

Wise told the sheriff's office that he and his wife were woken up by their dogs barking. He grabbed a flashlight and looked outside the front door to investigate. Authorities say that's when Rowell got out of a truck parked in front of his home.

As Rowell walked up to his house, Wise got a handgun and returned to the door, according to the sheriff's office. He told Rowell to leave and warned him that he was armed. Rowell insisted on coming inside and Wise fired a gunshot into the air, according to the sheriff's office.

Rowell attacked Wise, assaulting him and tried to take Wise's gun, according to the sheriff's office. Rowell forced his way into the home and Wise fired several shots, killing Rowell, according to the BCSO.

Wise wasn't injured.

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