RUFFIN - A man was shot dead early Saturday morning in rural Colleton County.

Sheriff's deputies responded about 2:30 a.m. to a call at Trails End Road, about a mile south of Bells Crossroads, authorities said. Authorities said they received a call from the homeowner, who said someone was stealing items from her shed. The homeowner told deputies that her husband armed himself, went to the shed and shot at the suspect.

Nathaniel Williams, Jr., 43, of Lodge was found dead at the scene, Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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