Police: Fatal shooting in N. Charleston deemed self defense

Police: Fatal shooting in N. Charleston deemed self defense

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Authorities say the man who pulled the trigger in a fatal shooting Saturday will not be charged.

NCPD officials responded to a home on Pearson Street around 4 a.m. Saturday in reference to a shooting.

Donell Benjamin, 34, of North Charleston was found in the kitchen, lying on his back. In his report, the responding officer said he couldn't find a pulse on Benjamin.

After consulting with the Solicitor's Office over the weekend, the North Charleston Police Department determined the Benjamin was shot in self-defense.

"During the investigation, detectives learned that the victim was involved in an altercation with [the shooter] at a party in Ladson on Friday night," states a release from Spencer Pryor, the police department's spokesman.

The trigger-man reportedly left that party and was later dropped off at a home on Pearson Street because he was afraid to go home in fear that the victim would find him there.

"Benjamin eventually showed up at the Pearson Street residence, reportedly pulled a handgun and shot at [the man]," the release states.

According to the release, the man pulled his gun out and began shooting at Benjamin, striking him several times before he ran away.

Police say the man's weapon was purchased legally.

Medical responders pronounced Benjamin dead on scene. The Charleston County Coroner identified him Sunday.

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