Woman’s brother and husband exchange gunfire in deadly Lexington shooting, ruled as self-defense

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Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 7:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2022 at 11:26 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, S.C. (WIS) - Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said officers were sent at around 5:00 a.m. to the 100 block of Widgeon Dr. on a home invasion report. On arrival they found a man who had been shot several times and his wife who been in the house during the shooting.

Matthew Lewis Stanfield, 33
Matthew Lewis Stanfield, 33(Earl Alewine | Lexington Police Department)

On entry they found a second man, deceased of gunshot wounds in the living room. He has been identified as Matthew Lewis Stanfield, 33, of Colorado.

Green said Stanfield is the brother of the woman who lives at the house and has made threats to her in the past. Stanfield attempted to enter the house through the front door, the garage and then finally broke a side door to gain entry to the house.

Her husband became involved in a violent altercation with Stanfield during the break in. Both men had firearms and exchanged gunfire during the confrontation.

Lexington Police found Stanfield had a rifle, multiple magazines, a ballistic vest and other gear to assist him.

Police are asking anyone with information about Stanfield’s whereabouts before the incident to contact their local law enforcement or Detective Alewine at 803-358-7262.

UPDATE

The Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified a man shot and killed during what police are calling a home invasion.

Fisher said Matthew Lewis Stanfield, 33, was shot multiple times. Stanfield’s last known address is believed to be in the state of Colorado. He died at the scene with gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Another man was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Lexington Police have found that the male victim (woman’s husband) acted in self-defense in the shooting death of Matthew Stanfield (woman’s brother) , age 33 of Colorado, during a home invasion and violent assault which ended in gunfire between the two men.

Officials say with this review by the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the Lexington Police Department will close the investigation into this incident.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

The Lexington Police Department announced Tuesday that it’s investigating a shooting death on Widgeon Drive in the Mallard Lakes neighborhood.

Officers were called to a home in the 100 block of Widgeon Drive for “an unwanted guest and home invasion” at around 5 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had been killed in a shooting and another man who had been injured.

The injured man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman and several children in the home during the shooting were unharmed.

Police say this is an isolated incident and the neighborhood is safe.

The Lexington County Coroner and investigators are on the scene.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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