Home intruder shot by responding deputy

By D. C. Moody - dmoody@civitasmedia.com


EASLEY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to look into the circumstances surrounding a home invasion at a Latham Road home on Sunday that resulted in the intruder being shot by the responding officer.

On Monday, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office continued to collect details from the 911 call made by the resident who was inside the home as well as to complete follow-up interviews about the forced entry.

At approximately 3:20 p.m. Sunday, the homeowner called 911 to report a suspicious person had forced their way into her residence through a door at the rear of the home, located at 447 Latham Road in Easley. A PCSO deputy arrived on the scene 12 minutes later.

Details from the internal review thus far indicate that the deputy entered the home after finding the forced entry to a door at the rear of the residence. The deputy encountered Franklin Reed Styles, 18, who was armed with a rifle and a handgun.

The deputy gave verbal commands for Styles to drop the weapons at which time he pointed the handgun at the deputy and the deputy discharged his weapon multiple times, hitting Styles in the process.

Sheriff Rick Clark, in a statement released Monday afternoon, said the identity of the deputy will be released to the public once an internal investigation is completed. Clark said he expects it to be done this week.

The deputy was interviewed Monday afternoon by agents from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

The weapons, believed to belong to the homeowner, were found by Styles just moments before the deputy arrived, the sheriff said.

Neither the deputy nor the homeowner, who was hiding in a bathroom, were injured.

Styles remains hospitalized under guard from the PCSO. He will be transported to the Pickens County Detention Center when he is discharged and will face multiple charges related to the burglary incident.

The Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday that Styles is not related and has no prior history with the home’s residents. Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has no information that there were any other parties involved in the break in.

Clark said the 911 call and the identity of the deputy will be released to media outlets as the investigation progresses.


By D. C. Moody


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