Wednesday, January 7, 2009

South Carolina: 3 arrested in Florence County home invasion

Florence County, South Carolina

From South Carolina Now of December 22, 2008
3 arrested in Florence County home invasion

The sheriff’s office is still investigating a second home invasion case that happened a week ago and left one man dead.

The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at a 317 Plantation Drive residence outside Lake City, Boone said. Four men walked up to the door and fired shots into the residence.

A man who was inside fired shots back, hitting and killing one of the intruders, Boone said.

The dead man was identified as 23-year-old Shawn Singletary of 532 Shantay Lane in Lake City, Florence County Coroner M.G. “Bubba” Matthews said.

Investigators still are looking for the three other suspects, Boone said.

It’s not clear whether the man inside the home will face any criminal charges in connection with the shooting, Boone said.

Anyone with details about this crimes is asked to call the sheriff’s office (843) 665-2121 or CrimeStoppers of the Pee Dee at (888) CRIME SC (274-6372).

From Carolina Live of December 17, 2008
One killed in shooting

Just after 10:30 Tuesday night, four men forced their way into a home on Plantation Road in Lake City.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone says a man inside the house shot and killed 23-year-old Shawn Singletary.

Boone says deputies are investigating to see if they will treat the murder as a homicide or self-defense.

"We feel like the occupant of the home was defending himself, and discharged his weapon resulting in the death of the intruder," said Sheriff Boone.

Florence County Coroner Bubba Matthews told NewsChannel 15 that autopsy reports confirm Singletary was shot five times.

Police said they have several more witnesses to interview, and are still looking for the three other men involved in the home invasion.

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