By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Walhalla man with two counts in a shooting that occurred last Tuesday in which deputies determined the owner acted in self-defense.
41 year old Bradley Michael Payne of 125 Rusty Lane in Walhalla was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center last Friday on charges of Assault and Battery – Third Degree and Second Degree Burglary.
According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office last week, investigators were looking into the shooting of Payne due to an incident that occurred at an address on Burrell Drive which is in the Tamassee area of Oconee County. Investigators determined last week that the shooting incident was self-defense.
According to witnesses, Mr. Payne was standing outside the front door to the home threating the homeowner. The homeowner retrieved a pistol and yelled for Mr. Payne to not enter the home. Mr. Payne then jerked open the screen door and entered the home. The homeowner shot Mr. Payne in the hip after he was inside the residence. The homeowner then called 911 and waited on deputies to arrive on scene. Evidence at the scene corroborated the homeowner and witness accounts of what took place.
“No criminal charges will be filed against the individual who shot Mr. Payne,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw last Wednesday. “South Carolina law is very clear in stating a man’s home is his castle. A homeowner has the right to protect themselves if they fear their life is in imminent danger.”
Investigators last week were also looking into whether or not charges would be pressed against Mr. Payne for entering the home unlawfully. Due to the investigation, warrants were obtained against Payne last week on the two charges.
Payne was released from the Oconee County Detention Center under the special conditions of wearing an electronic monitoring device. His total surety bond amount was $40,000.