Sheriff: man jailed for shooting trespasser

Published: Aug. 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM EDT
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James Davis (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center)
James Davis (Source: Kershaw County Detention Center)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Greenville man has been arrested after the Kershaw County Sheriff says he shot one of three men who were trespassing on hunt club property.

James Andrew Davis, 46, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He is out on $15,000 bond.

Sheriff James Matthews says deputies were called to Kershaw Health in Camden just after midnight Saturday for a shooting report.

Matthews says the victim and two others were driving a pickup on property off Jordan Cemetery Road in Camden leased by Davis for a hunt club. Matthews says Davis fired a .270 rifle into the air in an attempt to scare them off. As the truck left the property, Matthews says Davis fired at the truck, with a bullet penetrating the cab and hitting the victim.

The men drove the truck to a nearby house where the homeowner drove the victim to the hospital. The man was treated at the hospital and released.

"One of the reasons why I advocate people obtaining a concealed weapons permit is because they receive training on when deadly force can lawfully be used," says Matthews. "Shooting at a trespasser is not one of those cases."

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