“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Receives Opinion in Fatal Shooting of Inmate following Solicitor’s Legal Review”

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Last week, the Sheriff’s Office received notification from the 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office that the legal review of the investigation into the fatal shooting of an escaped inmate by a homeowner on December 4, 2018 had been completed.

Assistant Solicitor J. Baker Cleveland III stated… 

“It is the opinion of this office that (Name Redacted) would be immune from prosecution for any charges relating to the shooting death of Bruce McLaughlin pursuant to Title 16, Article 6 of the S.C. Code of Laws, the Protection of Persons and Property Act.

Her actions in this matter are a textbook example of what type of actions the Protection of Persons and Property Act seek to provide absolute criminal immunity for.” 

No criminal charges will be sought by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office against the homeowner in this incident.