Intruder who took drugs, drank alcohol at party reportedly breaks into home in middle of night. But homeowner has a gun — and puts threat to bed.

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An intruder who reportedly admitted to sheriff’s deputies that he took drugs and drank alcohol at a party before he broke into a South Carolina home over the weekend ended up getting shot by the homeowner.

What are the details?

The suspect — 37-year-old Lawrence Butler Jr. — shattered a glass window in the front door of a home on the 5300 block of Mauss Hill Road in Adams Run early Saturday morning, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said in a release, according to WCIV-TV.


Lawrence Butler Jr.Image source: Al Cannon Detention Center, Charleston County, South Carolina

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With that, the suspect climbed through the opening, at which point the homeowner shot him in the left arm, deputies told the station.

Deputies arrived at the home around 3:30 a.m. over reports of a home invasion, WCIV said, adding that arriving deputies found a wounded man lying inside the home near the front door.

Butler told detectives that shortly before he broke into the home, he was at a party where he took drugs and drank alcohol, the station said.

Authorities found a small bag of cocaine after searching the suspect, WCIV said, citing the sheriff’s office.

An earlier story from the station indicated the suspect was taken to a hospital where he was recovering.

Butler soon was booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center shortly before noon Saturday on charges of first-degree burglary and cocaine possession, WCIV reported.

What happened to the victims?

The victims — a man and woman in their 60s — are not expected to face charges in the shooting, the station said.

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