Man shot by ex's new boyfriend after breaking into Summerville apartment

Summerville Police (File/WCIV)

A man is in the hospital after Summerville Police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, only to be shot by the woman’s current boyfriend.

Summerville Police say they have charged David Austin Rutledge, 22, with burglary after the incident at the Waters Edge Apartments on Dorchester Road Friday night, Dec. 10.

Police say Rutledge came to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, began banging on the door, kicked in the door and then went inside.

According to the police, the woman’s current boyfriend told investigators that when Rutledge broke in, he grabbed the woman’s gun from the bedside, and fired it one time.

The bullet hit Rutledge in the arm, but police say the boyfriend told them Rutledge continued coming forward, and the two wound up in a physical fight.

Only when the boyfriend began choking Rutledge did he relent, and leave the room, the boyfriend told police.

Rutledge remains hospitalized, and faces arrest once discharged. Police say the boyfriend was injured, but not seriously, and did not want medical treatment.

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