After further investigation, Charleston County sheriff’s deputies have determined a horse found dead on Johns Island’s Brownswood Road last week was likely killed by a gunshot wound.

As part of the follow-up investigation, animal control deputies spoke to the owner’s veterinarian, who said the injury was consistent with a gunshot wound, Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said.

Deputies initially reported that injuries to the 18-year-old horse, named Cheyenne, were not determined to be from a gunshot wound. But the owner, Deanna Chavis, and her vet, Wilbur Wise, insisted a bullet did kill the horse.

Brady said it remains unclear how the horse was shot. Investigators will follow up on any information they receive.

Anyone who saw suspicious persons or vehicles in the area around 1360 Brownswood Road on Sept. 26 between 2 and 7:30 a.m. is asked to call the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.