BY BO PETERSEN and ANDY PARAS
LINCOLNVILLE - The Dunmeyer Hill Road homeowner who shot a man he said attacked him in his driveway Sunday is a genial 76-year-old who has long run a booth at the Ladson Flea Market.
The 25-year-old who was killed was a Summerville native, an appliance repairman whose death stunned an acquaintance on social media.
"Scummerville, just make sure ur doin ur best & not ur worst," said one friend after telling a second person that Robert "JoJo" Deziel had died.
Charles "Red" Petit, the homeowner, told Charleston County sheriff's deputies that he was walking to his vehicle about 6 a.m. when a man attacked him and tried to rob him with a stun gun at his carport.
Petit told deputies he shot at the man three times with a .38-caliber revolver. He had several cuts on his hands, and it appeared he had been punched in the face, according to an incident report.
A deputy found Deziel's body lying face down in front of the carport, according to the report. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies responding to the shooting recovered a stun gun at the scene, a Charleston County sheriff's spokesman said Monday. The report does not mention the stun gun, but Maj. Eric Watson confirmed that one was found at the scene.
"The investigation is ongoing," Watson said, but there are no further suspects at this time. Petit did not violate firearms "carry" laws because he was on his own property when the shooting occurred, Watson said.
Petit was taken to Trident Medical Center and later released. He and his wife, who was at home during the incident, declined comment.
Petit was convicted of shoplifting in Hanahan in 1989 and receiving stolen goods in North Charleston in 1983, according to a State Law Enforcement Division criminal background check.
Deziel did not have a criminal record in South Carolina, according to SLED.
Petit lives in a well-kept manufactured house along a countryside street. Trucks and a jon boat sat in the driveway Monday morning. Two acquaintances in Lincolnville said he is liked, but they declined to give their names for comment.
Dan Davis, Coastal Carolina Flea Market owner, said Petit has been a great customer. "He's a prince of a fellow," said Davis, who is also the Berkeley County supervisor. "I'm glad to know he wasn't hurt any worse than he was."
The Dunmeyer Hill neighborhood sits on the fringe of Lincolnville. A decade ago, residents in a nearby neighborhood were annexed into the town, seeking better street lighting, Crime Watch and other town-related services.
"These types of incidents are becoming prevalent in our community and requires town officials to take immediate actions and drastic measures to ensure our public safety," said Lincolnville Mayor Tyrone Aiken in an email statement. "Town council members and I met with Charleston County Sheriff officials last week to discuss ways of increasing police protection. Hopefully, our plans will be initiated very soon and will deter these kinds of occurrences."
A yellow piece of crime scene tape lies on the ground by the driveway on Dunmeyer Hill Road where deputies say the resident fatally shot a man he said was trying to rob him Sunday morning.×
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