A man was shot to death after he and two other men allegedly broke into a Forest Acres home Monday night.
autopsy on Tuesday morning showed that Mr. DeShawn T. Patterson, 23, of Columbia, died of gunshot wounds to the upper body and head, according to Richland County Coroner Mr. Gary Watts.
The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 3500 block of Linbrook Drive, officials said.
Investigators said Mr. Patterson and two companions knocked on the door of the single-family home.
When one of the six occupants answered the door, the three broke in, brandishing pistols, firing several rounds into the air and demanding money, Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy said a news conference, according to The State newspaper.
“As two of the suspects moved to the rear of the home with one of the individuals in the house, they were confronted by another person, the homeowner. At this time a shootout ensued between the homeowner and one of the suspects.” Chief Sealy said.
Mr. Patterson died at the scene, Mr. Watts said.
None of the residents in the rented home was injured though one was pistol-whipped and treated at the scene, Chief Sealy said. The residents included young adult men and women, several of whom were related.
It was unclear Tuesday whether the residents knew any of the suspects, and the chief was calling the incident random.
Mr. Patterson was out on bond for a November charge of providing false information to police and a
September charge of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, the newspaper reported. He served 30 days on providing false information to police in April 2013 and 60 days for a second DUI.
The two suspects were last seen hopping a fence on Two Notch Road, Chief Sealy said. So far, their identities are unknown and police have not provided a detailed description.
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