Authorities will not file criminal charges against a man who shot and killed an intruder in his home last month.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says the death of 21-year-old DeShawn Randolph has been classified as self-defense under the state's 'stand your ground' law.
"Autopsy results, evidence, and witness statements support the victim's rights according to South Carolina's Protection of Persons and Property Act," said Ravenell in a statement. "Unless contradicting evidence is developed, the homeowner will not be charged in this shooting."
Randolph used a shovel to break a back window of a home on King's Road near Orangeburg around 11 p.m. on May 26.
The homeowner grabbed a gun and fired several shots down the hallway killing Randolph.