A Mineral Springs homeowner fatally shot a teenager who is believed to have broken into the man’s home early Monday, the Union County Sheriff’s Office says.
Investigators believe the shooting victim, Marquies Rason Waters, 17, and at least one other person had broken into the house on Happy Hollow Lane shortly before the shooting.
Officials say Waters might have re-entered the house to retrieve items left behind, awakening the homeowner. The shooting occurred at about 3:50 a.m.
The homeowner, whom the sheriff’s office did not identify, began yelling at the suspects, who broke out a window to escape the home. Soon afterward, Waters and at least one other suspect returned, possibly to retrieve a book bag they had left behind.
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The homeowner saw Waters on the back porch and fired shots, fatally wounding him, then called 911.
Waters was found guilty of having weapons on educational property this year in Union County, records show.
Detectives are still doing interviews and have filed no charges, the sheriff’s office said.