For Immediate Release
Chuck James, Chief Deputy
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office
Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Deadly Shooting Incident at Pickens Residence (Death Investigation).
At approximately 12:38 AM on July 23rd, 2022, deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance at 270 Allgood Bridge Road in Pickens, South Carolina. As deputies were responding to the residence, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Communications informed deputies of an active altercation within the home and the sound of a possible gunshot.
Upon arriving at the residence, an adult male subject exited the home and approached deputies. The subject complied with deputies’ commands and was immediately placed into investigative detention. Deputies then entered the house and observed an adult male victim lying unresponsive within the residence; the victim appeared to have suffered an apparent gunshot wound and died at the scene. One adult male subject was transported to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office for additional questioning by detectives.
The preliminary investigation suggests that the two parties were engaged in a physical altercation when one of the subjects discharged a firearm, ultimately killing the other subject.
No arrests have been made due to our obligation to investigate self-defense claims, as is alleged in this case. The investigation remains ongoing while detectives continue to collect, analyze, and compare evidence against statements provided by witnesses. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available.
Inquiries concerning the victim’s identity should be directed to the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.
The information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.