Crime & Courts

Little Mountain man arrested for shooting wife

Christopher Robert Hardin
Christopher Robert Hardin provided

A man told Newberry Sheriff's Deputies that he shot two burglars in the face trying to rob his Little Mountain home last week, and that one might still be hiding in a wardrobe as deputies investigated the scene.

His wife, who he shot in the abdomen, told deputies he was delusional.

Christopher Robert Hardin, 55, underwent a mental evaluation and was arrested after shooting his wife in their home at 951 Nursery Rd. on Thursday night. Hardin said he was shooting at a robber who was in the bedroom closet wardrobe when his wife walked into the line of the bird shot, the Newberry Sheriff's Department reported.

Hardin told deputies he had been robbed three days in a row, including one incident where he held a man at gunpoint on his front porch and another where he shot two assailants in the face while they were in a storage shed, deputies reported.

Deputies searched the shed and found bullet holes but no traces of blood.

there was no evidence of any burglaries and no previous reports of burglaries.

Hardin was taken into custody and to the emergency room for a mental evaluation. He was deemed not to need inpatient treatment and was taken to the Newberry County Detention Center, deputies said.

Bond will be set by a Circuit Court Judge at a later date. He continues on mental health evaluation.

His wife is recovering well, Chief Deputy Todd Johnson said.