Man Shoots Trespasser, Ends up in Jail

At approximately 2:00am on August 2, 2014 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested James Andrew Davis (46) from Greenville, SC after he reportedly shot a man, one of three, who were trespassing on hunting club property.

Shortly after midnight on August 2, 2014 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Kershaw Health Hospital to take a report on a man who suffered a gunshot wound.  After deputies interviewed the victim, they proceeded to the scene where the shooting took place, located on Jordan Cemetery Road Camden, SC.

After deputies interviewed the four individuals at the scene, including Davis, they were able to determine that the victim and two other individuals were driving a pickup truck on property leased by Davis for a hunt club. When Davis observed the pickup truck driving on the property, he fired several rounds from a .270 rifle in the air in order to scare them off. At one point, as the truck was leaving the property, Davis fired additional rounds in the air and two rounds at the truck which fled. One of the two rounds fired at the truck went through the tailgate, front of the bed and through the cab, striking the victim. The men in the truck went to a nearby house where the homeowner drove the victim to the hospital.

Davis, who has no prior criminal record was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. A bond hearing was held on August 3, 2014. He was released on a $15,000.00 bond.

The victim was treated at Kershaw Health and released.

“One of the reasons why I advocate people obtaining a concealed weapons permit is because they receive training on when deadly force can lawfully be used. Shooting at a trespasser is NOT one of those cases. Mr. Davis is very fortunate that he did not take the life of the victim in this case,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.