ABBEVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – A teen shot an alleged trespasser while house sitting for a family that was out of town for a funeral, Abbeville County Sheriff Ray Watson said.
The teen told deputies he confronted the suspect who was going toward a shed full of equipment and property around 3:40 p.m. Friday.
The teen says the suspect reached behind his back and the teen fired because he was afraid the suspect was armed.
He thinks he may have struck the suspect since he appeared to limp as he left the scene.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units and helicopter tracked the suspect for several hundred yards before losing the track, which leads them to believe he left in a vehicle.
The suspect is described as 6 foot tall with long dreadlocks.
Sheriff Watson said it’s a “crying shame” that a family can’t pay their respects to a loved one at a funeral without having to worry about someone breaking into property.
Watson reminds people that if they are away for a funeral or vacation, they can contact law enforcement to do property checks.
The search for the suspect continued into Anderson County where Sheriff Watson said he was tracked for several hundred yards before they lost the track and may have left in a vehicle.