Shooter not charged following home invasion in Walterboro

James Pierce

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCBD) — The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating following a home invasion in Walterboro.

Authorities say the incident took place on Saturday, June 25 at Johnnie’s Mobile Home Park in Walterboro.

Investigators say they were told two suspects came into the home on Johnnie’s Circle with firearms.

One victim told police he was in his bedroom laying down with his pregnant girlfriend when he heard people yelling. He then saw two people with guns, according to an incident report.

It was at that point the victim said he grabbed his father’s shotgun and fired two slugs and one round at the suspects.

The suspects then ran out of the house.

We’re told both of the suspects were wearing American flag bandannas.

An hour later he said while on his porch, he saw a black Honda Accord riding through the neighborhood with no headlights on.

Another witness, who was in the living room at the time, said he heard someone yell “Hey,” then the front door was punched in. He then ran towards the back of the house to the bathroom, and punched out the window. A neighbor then called 911.

While responding to the scene, authorities noticed a brown jeep leaving the area. The incident report stated officers performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Phillips Road and Mike Street.

The driver, Thomas Dessoye, told officers he was at the home during the time of the shooting.

He was later arrested on unrelated charges to the shooting.

The suspects are identified as John J. Kitchen, 28, and James R. Pierce, 21, both of Walterboro. We’re told both suspects were struck in the shooting and drove themselves to Colleton Medical Center.

Pierce is currently at the Colleton County Detention Center. Kitchens is still at the Medical University of South Carolina.

According to Lt. Shane Roberts with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, the person who fired the shots at the suspects will not be charged.

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