Report: Retired deputy who fired at teen burglar warned him to back off

RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The retired Berkeley County deputy who shot and wounded a teen burglar Wednesday said he warned the teen to stop advancing on him before firing a shot.

The shooting happened at a home on Poplar Hill Drive in Ridgeville shortly before 7:45 a.m., State Law Enforcement Division Spokesman Thom Berry said. Berry said the burglary victim shot a 16-year-old intruder in the leg.

The victim told investigators he was asleep and was awakened by a noise. He left his room to go into the living room area and saw the teen, the incident report states. The victim told deputies the teen was on his porch and when the victim asked the teen why he was in the house, the teen turned "with an unknown object in his hand" and approached the victim.

The victim told him to stop several times, but the teen continued to approach in what the victim described as a "threatening manner," the report states.

The victim is on an oxygen line and has two canes to walk with and was unable to flee, the report states. The victim then fired toward the teen's leg and said the teen then walked away and out of sight.

While deputies were on the scene, they learned the teen had been transported by car to the Roper Berkeley emergency room and were able to make contact with him there.

The teen was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Berry said.

SLED agents were on scene throughout the morning and early afternoon Wednesday collecting evidence and taking statements.

So far, no charges have been filed, but the investigation is continuing, Berry said.

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