South Carolinian Who Survived Home Invasion: ‘Bums and thieves… If I have to disable you, I’ll do it’

The homeowner was ready to defend his property when he discovered three intruders. (Photo: Doug Larson)

A homeowner in South Carolina fought off three would-be intruders who were attempting to break into his home around 9:30 am on Tuesday.

“There were three people [the homeowner] had caught and he believed were breaking in,” said JT Foster with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. “One of the suspects made a move towards him and he felt threatened, so he fired at least one time striking one of the suspects.”

The homeowner declined to be identified, but he gave an anonymous message to anyone else who might try to break into his home.

“Bums and thieves who come on my property to steal, if I have to defend myself, if I have to disable your vehicle, if I have to disable you, I’ll do it,” he said. “Stay off my property.”

The suspects, who police have identified as Shawn D. Breter, 52, Danielle N. Shockley, 32, Danny L. Smith, 51, were attempting to gain entrance to the home located in a treed and semi-rural neighborhood in northwest South Carolina. When the homeowner discovered the trio, he shot one of the men at least once, and the other two suspects ran away. Officials haven’t said yet which of the men was shot and which escaped.

The fleeing suspects prompted an hours-long manhunt involving K-nine units and multiple officers.

The home appears to be in a densely wooded area. (Photo: Screenshot/WYFF)

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“It’s absolutely one of the most difficult tasks around,” said Foster while discussing the hardships that come with tracking in heavily wooded areas. “Not only are you worried about being attacked by someone you may find in the woods but you gotta watch your step for poisonous plants and snakes.”

Officers soon captured Shockley but weren’t able to arrest the other man until later that afternoon.

All three suspects are in custody and all three are being charged with 3rd Degree Burglary, according to Fox Carolina. Officials haven’t described the condition of the suspect who was shot, and haven’t indicated whether the homeowner will be charged. South Carolina is a castle doctrine state.

The three suspects each have criminal histories, according to publicly available records. Breter was charged with trafficking in meth and cocaine in September and distribution of meth in March. He was also caught shoplifting in February, and has previous charges related to drugs and giving false information to law enforcement.

Shockley was convicted of several charges in 2015 related to shoplifting and drug possession.  

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Smith’s rap sheet is the most extensive. He has charges dating back to the 1990’s, but his most serious recent charges include 3rd degree assault and battery in 2015, possession of meth or cocaine in 2016, and larceny and trespassing in 2019.

Most burglaries happen in the morning and early afternoon, according to home security company ADT.

“Rather than being guarded by night, most burglars choose the daytime to attempt a break-in, targeting homes when they believe no one will be present,” the company says.

In this case, the homeowner was home – and he was ready.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • etph October 9, 2020, 5:29 pm

    Experienced something similar but a little more sophisticated on the part of the ex-cons. Four came in a Porsche Panamera to fool the residents in my very quiet and peaceful neighborhood. One got off and knocked incessantly but went back and stood in the car for a long time. Then mother, who hadn’t heard or known about this, went with me to one of the rooms that faced the street below where we observed the fancy sports car with paper plates. Didn’t call 911 because no emergency but the paper plates immediately raised red flags. I called a deputy to report a suspicious vehicle and what I thought was its very young owner moving around in the car for a long time. Didn’t make sense for a young “salesman” to own a 4-door sedan. About 1 minute later all hell broke lose. Never experienced such an incident where 3 ex-cons suddenly opened all doors to the car and ran up the driveway, two going to one side and another with bright, thick green gloves heading for one of the side gates on the opposite side. Panic almost struck but I willed myself to grab my shotgun and told the deputy to come NOW before I did that. I guess I did panic because what I said was nonsensical. I controlled my breathing and prepared to meet the criminals with deadly force. My poor partially disabled mother’s fingers were shaking uncontrollably as she tried to dial a phone. She had seen the “salesman” grab a hoodie from the trunk of the car and put it on. I hadn’t seen that because I was probably busy speaking with the deputy right after 3 of 4 ex-cons ran out of the car. But that shook my mother up, she later told me. I quickly made it down to the foot of the stairs and positioned myself to shoot if anyone of them broke into my home through any one of the windows or rear French doors. A few seconds later, the ex-con with the green gloves made his way to the rear doors with arms slightly lifted, as if he was preparing to grab or break something. I turned my head for a few seconds and by the time I returned to see if he was there, the guy was gone. About less than a minute I saw the tail end of the car leaving the cross street in front of my house, and it was over that quick. Despite the sheriff station being about an 8-minute drive away from my home doing normal speed (faster during an emergency of course), the first two sheriff SUVS arrived…14-15 minutes later AFTER my call with the deputy on the phone ended! I was on the phone with him during the entire ordeal via speaker phone. I don’t remember how I carried my phone…maybe it was in my back pocket after I grabbed my shotgun(?). I know it took them 14-15 minutes to arrive because I checked the duration of the call and especially when it was over. So it actually took them longer to get to my home from the time I made the call to the deputy. I’m sure the deputy sent out cars immediately after I panicked after describing the 3 ex-cons running up my driveway. My shotgun served as a deterrent and I immediately enrolled under one of USCCA’s plans because I live in a pro-criminal, anti-2A county. I had trained a little using several platforms but I never encountered a situation where I had to decide to use a gun if I needed to. The scariest part wasn’t defending me or my mother but of having to live with the death or injury after having shot someone…with a 12-gauge shotgun.

  • Bad Penguin October 9, 2020, 7:09 am

    SC wasnt always a castle doctrine state. When I lived there in the mid 80’s it was the complete opposite. You had to make extraordinary attempts to escape your home before you could use deadly force. Glad its changed.

    • Sherri Strain October 9, 2020, 10:23 am

      Amen, excellent.

    • glock19fan October 9, 2020, 4:57 pm

      Wow! My wife and I had friends in Anderson and it looked like a nice place. At least it is better now Its proximity to Clemson University (nice campus BTW) should prompt the school to advise students about crime there and – hopefully – keep the police on the alert. Out of the four of us, I am the only one left because I was the youngest and I am 80+.

    • Ted October 9, 2020, 5:11 pm

      I believe that they changed that in 1996, right after Florida did it. When i had my second home in South Carolina, and i got the first CWP, it said it on the back of it. I know that it is now a castle doctrine, as well as a stand your ground state ! And if you “force entry” into a persons home, GAME ON !

  • Ziggy October 9, 2020, 7:08 am

    Should only be one statement….and three bodies!!!

  • Ronnie D Stidham October 9, 2020, 7:02 am

    I for one, think he handled the problem very well. Not only did he stop three would be burglar’s, he wounded the one that was (making a move) and nobody got shot in the back. I live in the country, have had my vehicle’s broken into, my garage ransacked, but never tried to enter my home. Maybe I was just lucky enough to not have been home, because I would have probably would have made the mistake of firing on the ones running away. Good job, 3 less scumbags on the street, one with a wound he’ll never forget.

  • Carl October 9, 2020, 5:25 am

    Disgusting snowflake speak…STOP IT! ‘disable’ is an attitude NOT ending a serious threat…and while it might sound to a soy a bit softer, sheepdogs should not attempt to virtue signal their circumstance and leave that idiocy with the SJW’s. Any and all threats should and will be concluded with violent and deadly prejudice [PERIOD]. drops mic

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