Man kills horse, shoots self in Laurens Co.


LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A Laurens man, who faces multiple charges including attempted murder and kidnapping after deputies say he shot and killed a horse and then turned the gun on himself, was denied bond during a hearing Thursday.

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that deputies responded to a domestic incident with shots fired on Monday on Stiles Lane. 

Deputies heard several shots and saw two crashed vehicles when they arrived at the home. 

The suspect — identified as Colton David Hurley — had reportedly shot himself in the face with a shotgun.

Investigators say Hurley went to the home looking for a female victim who wasn’t home.

When she arrived at home, Hurley reportedly rammed her vehicle several times with his truck.

Deputies say Hurley tackled and assaulted the victim as she ran from the scene.

A family member of the victim arrived on-scene and the victim escaped and went inside the home.

Hurley reportedly went to a nearby home, grabbed a shotgun and returned to the victim’s home where he shot and killed a horse. Deputies say he then forced his way into the home with the firearm and held the victim against her will as she held her small child.

Hurley allegedly pulled the victim outside and forced her to watch as he shot himself in the face.

Deputies say Hurley had moderate injuries due to the placement of the weapon.

He later surrendered to deputies. 

Hurley received medical care and was released on Wednesday. He’s now in the Laurens County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

He was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, aggravated breach of peace, ill treatment of animals, child neglect and two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.

“The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is continuing my commitment to battle domestic violence in our Communities and will strive to assist domestic violence victim’s escape these type of volatile relationships,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said in a statement. “Hurley’s actions during this incident caused the victim to fear for her life and unnecessarily caused the death of an animal. Domestic Violence and the inhumane and ill treatment of animals will not be tolerated. We will continue to aggressively pursue prosecution of anyone who commits these types of crimes.”

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