Staff report

A man was apparently shot by a Colleton County homeowner while trying to break into a shed Sunday night, authorities said.

Just before midnight, sheriff’s deputies went to 1772 Smyly Road in response to a reported burglary in progress and possible shooting, Capt. Ted Stanfield said.

The homeowner told deputies he heard a noise coming from his shed, looked out his window and saw an unknown person coming out of his storage shed with an object in his hand, Stanfield said.

The homeowner told deputies he fired a warning shot and then directed his shotgun fire at the suspect when the man came toward him, Stanfield said. The stranger ran off toward Smyly Road, and the homeowner wasn’t sure if had hit the suspect or not, he said.

Responding deputies found an unoccupied burgundy Nissan Sentra in the middle of Smyly Road near the crime scene with a large amount of what appeared to be blood in the driver’s seat and on the door frame, Stanfield said.

As investigators were probing the incident, the Colleton Regional Medical Center in Walterboro notified the sheriff’s office that an individual was being treated there for a gunshot wound to the thigh and pelvic area, Stanfield said. The suspect was later transported to Medical University Hospital in Charleston.

The sheriff’s office will not be seeking charges against the homeowner for the shooting because he “has the right to protect himself and his property,” Sheriff Andy Strickland said. The investigation is continuing in reference to charges for the shed burglary, he said.

The sheriff’s office did not identify the homeowner or the man he reportedly wounded.