UPDATE: Coroner ID’s man killed in self-defense shooting outside of child’s birthday party in Columbia Saturday
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Coroner’s Office has identified the name of a man who was killed during an act of self-defense outside of a child’s birthday party on Saturday.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the man as Justin B. Archie, 30, of Columbia. An autopsy performed on Sunday showed that Mr. Archie died from gunshot wounds to the torso.
Officers arrived at the 4000 block of Rosewood Drive shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday after a shooting was reported.
Witnesses at the scene reported that two men were arguing outside of a business where a child’s birthday party was being held. While in the parking lot, one of the men was armed with a knife and made threats to get a handgun from his vehicle.
After making threats he allegedly discharged his firearm at the second man who in returned fire resulting in a fatal injury. After the shooting, the uninjured man called 911 and immediately surrendered to law enforcement when officers arrived on scene.
His weapon was possessed lawfully and properly stored prior to the shooting, police said.
After interviewing several witnesses the shooting is now considered an act of self-defense by police and no charges will be filed.
In a statement sent to WIS, the Little Gym said: “We were shocked and saddened to hear about this tragic situation. Our location is cooperating with local authorities to ensure this matter is thoroughly investigated. We are grateful for the swift response of local police and are keeping all involved in our thoughts.”
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