Fatal Shooting Investigation: Self-Defense

By January 5, 2019 January 7th, 2019 Press Releases

The Columbia Police Department (CPD) announces that the 30-year-old man who was injured in the Rosewood Drive shooting incident has been pronounced deceased by medical staff at a local hospital.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office plans to conduct an autopsy tomorrow morning and will confirm and release his identity after family notifications have been made.

Additionally, after interviewing several witnesses and consulting with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the shooting death has been deemed an act of self-defense; therefore no charges will be filed in the case.

Recap of the Incident:

Officers were dispatched to 4420 Rosewood Drive shortly after 1:00 p.m. for a reported shooting.

According to witnesses, two men were arguing inside of a business. The argument carried out into the parking lot where the deceased man was initially armed with a knife and made threats prior to retrieving a handgun from his vehicle.

He’s accused of discharging the firearm at the man he argued with, who in turn returned fire resulting in the fatal injury.

After the shooting, the uninjured man called 9-1-1 and immediately surrendered to law enforcement when officers arrived on scene. His weapon was possessed lawfully and properly stored prior to the shooting.