August 4, 2014

Kershaw Sheriff: Man charged in shooting of trespasser with rifle

Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies say a Greenville man has been arrested after he allegedly shot one of three people trespassing on hunting club property.

James Andrew Davis, 46, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Deputies say they were called to Kershaw Health Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday about a man who suffered a gunshot wound.

Matthews said deputies interviewed the victim then went to the scene of the shooting, which was on Jordan Cemetery Road in Camden.

"After deputies interviewed the four individuals at the scene, including Davis, they were able to determine that the victim and two other individuals were driving a pickup truck on property leased by Davis for a hunt club," Matthews said.

After seeing the pickup truck on the property, Davis fired several rounds from a .270 rifle into the air to scare them off, Matthews said.

As the truck was leaving the property, Davis fired additional rounds into the air and two rounds at the truck, Matthews said.

"One of the two rounds fired at the truck went through the tailgate, front of the bed and through the cab, striking the victim," Matthews said.

The men in the truck went to a nearby house, and the homeowner took the victim to the hospital, according to Matthews.

Matthews said Davis, who has no prior criminal record, was released on a $15,000 bond.

The victim was treated at Kershaw Health and released, Matthews said.

“One of the reasons why I advocate people obtaining a concealed weapons permit is because they receive training on when deadly force can lawfully be used. Shooting at a trespasser is not one of those cases," Matthews said. "Mr. Davis is very fortunate that he did not take the life of the victim in this case."

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