A Union County homeowner who fatally shot a 17-year-old burglary suspect will face no criminal charges, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
The Mineral Springs homeowner shot and killed Marquies Rason Waters at about 3:50 a.m. Monday. The teen broke into the home minutes earlier and was possibly returning to retrieve items left behind, the sheriff’s office said.
The home is on Happy Hollow Lane, off Western Union School Road.
On Tuesday, deputies arrested two 17-year-old suspects in the burglary. Jacob Alexander Maye and Tristen Malyk Deese, both of Waxhaw, were charged with first-degree burglary and felony conspiracy.
The homeowner woke up and yelled at the three suspects, prompting them to leave, sheriff’s investigators said. Waters and at least one of the other suspects returned to the home to retrieve a backpack. The homeowner confronted Waters on the back porch, where Waters was fatally shot, investigators said.
Sheriff’s investigators said they interviewed witnesses and everyone involved in the incident. They reviewed evidence collected during the crime scene search, consulted with the medical examiner and met with the Union County District Attorney’s Office.
The homeowner violated no state law, the sheriff’s office concluded, according to sheriff’s spokesman Tony Underwood.