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Oconee Co. Shooting During Argument Considered Self Defense

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Oconee County deputies charged Bradley Michael Payne with assault & battery and burglary in a shooting on July 29th. Photo Courtesy: Oconee County Sheriff's Office. Oconee County deputies charged Bradley Michael Payne with assault & battery and burglary in a shooting on July 29th. Photo Courtesy: Oconee County Sheriff's Office.
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -

Deputies are investigating a shooting that took place in northern Oconee County on July 29th.

Around 4:15 p.m., deputies were called to a possible shooting on Burrell Drive in Tamassee, SC.  

Once on scene, deputies located a gunshot victim. The victim was treated by EMS and airlifted to GHS.  The condition of the victim has not been released. 

Investigators say the shooting resulted from an argument between two men.  They say the shooting was in self defense.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says no charges are expected to be filed against the shooter. 

Deputies charged a Walhalla man with two counts in that shooting.

41 year old Bradley Michael Payne was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center Friday on charges of Assault and Battery – Third Degree and Second Degree Burglary.

Witnesses say Payne was standing outside the front door to the home threatening the homeowner.

Deputies report witnesses say the homeowner retrieved a pistol and yelled for Payne to not enter the home.

They say Payne then jerked open the screen door and entered the home.

Then witnesses say the homeowner shot Payne in the hip after he was inside the residence.

The homeowner then called 911 and waited on deputies to arrive on scene.

Deputies say evidence at the scene corroborated the homeowner and witness accounts of what took place.

They say Payne was released from the Oconee County Detention Center under the special conditions of wearing an electronic monitoring device.

His total surety bond amount was $40,000.

 

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