OCONEE CO., SC (WSPA) – A suspect in an early morning shootout on Quarter Horse Trail near Walhalla was identified by Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, warrants were issued for the arrest of Tyler Mark Broome, 24, who was shot in the incident and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Deputies were dispatched to a home on Quarter Horse Trail around 3:35 a.m. on Wednesday in reference to a trespassing.
While they were en route, deputies were told that shots had been fired and the homeowner had been shot.
Deputies were directed to the back of the home by the homeowner’s wife and made contact with the homeowner, Robert Steven McDowell, 63.
First aid was administered to McDowell and he was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he later died just before 6 a.m. Wednesday due to complications from the gunshot wound, according to the coroner’s office.
His death has been ruled a homicide, according to Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis.
Deputies also administered first aid to Broome, who was identified as the trespassing suspect.
Investigators say they determined Broome shot McDowell as McDowell was holding Broome at gunpoint, after McDowell discovered Broome on the property.
McDowell then reportedly returned fire and shot Broome.
Broome was served with a trespass notice from that same address on Quarter Horse Trail on June 21, 2017.
Sheriff’s office officials said warrants have been issued for the arrest of Broome on charges of murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and entering premises after warning.
According to the release, there is no threat to the public at this time.
The sheriff’s office’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
An autopsy on McDowell is scheduled on Thursday.