Cops: Mother, son hold man at gunpoint during Upstate house break-in

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A woman and her son ended up holding a man at gunpoint after he tried repeatedly to break into the woman's Upstate home, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to a home on Pruitt Drive in Chesnee around 9 p.m. Wednesday about a burglary in progress.

According to the police report, the homeowner said a drunken man who she did not know came onto her carport and started to bang on the door. She said when she told him she would not open the door, he started to bang on it harder, so she went upstairs and got her gun.  She also called her adult son, who lives on the other side of town, and 911.

The woman said the man continued to bang on the door, so she told him she had a gun and would shoot him if he came in.  While she was on the phone with 911, the woman's son arrived.  He was also armed, and pointed his gun at the intruder, the deputy said.

The son said the man, later identified as James Landreth, refused to stay put. A friend who had accompanied the son walked up to Landreth from the other side, and the son said when Landreth tried to put his hands on the friend, the son knocked him down and kicked him.

The son said as Landreth lay on the ground, he begged to be shot and killed. EMS arrived at the home and transported Landreth to Spartanburg Regional, where he was treated and released.

Landreth has been charged with public disorderly conduct and second-degree burglary.

His motivation for trying to get into the house was not immediately clear.

Landreth is being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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