No charges planned in shooting death | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 6, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 6, 2016 at 10:34 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
The June 4 shooting death of a 33-year-old Walterboro man has been ruled a justifiable homicide by city police.
Antwan Maurice Sams, 33, was pronounced dead at the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center shortly after a shooting incident a little after 3 a.m. on June 4. Multiple gunshot wounds were ruled the cause of death.
Walterboro Police Department detectives, after interviews with multiple witnesses, report that the information showed that Sams allegedly started the exchange of gunfire that resulted in his death.
Lt. Craig Stivender, who heads the city’s detective bureau, said multiple witnesses told investigators that Sams was reportedly involved in a verbal dispute in the parking lot of the McDonald’s Restaurant at 1404 Sniders Highway.
As the dispute progressed, Stivender said, Sams allegedly pulled a handgun and waved it at several people in the parking lot. He then reportedly fired at an 18-year-old Walterboro man, hitting him in the abdomen.
At that point in time, Stivender explained, someone else in the parking lot fired on Sams, fatally wounding him.
Investigators, he said, have not been able to determine who fired at Sams, but the witness statements have police concluding that whoever shot Sams acted in self-defense.
The 18-year-old man whom Sams reportedly shot made his way from the McDonald’s parking lot to the neighboring Quality Inn parking lot at 1286 Sniders Highway before dropping to the pavement.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel treated the man at the scene and then transported him to the Trauma Center of Trident Medical Center in Summerville. He was released from the hospital several days following the shooting.