Orangeburg man arrested after being shot by homeowner during burglary, deputies say
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WACH) – An Orangeburg County man who broke into a Rowesville home early Tuesday and was shot at by the owner has been arrested, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Rowe has been charged with second-degree burglary and breaking and entering an automobile, deputies say.
“This individual is lucky to be in jail,” the sheriff said. “He could have been in the care of the county coroner’s office.”
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said just before 8 a.m. a Rowesville Road home owner called to report a home invasion and that he fired on his would-be robber. The man said he knew something was wrong when he heard a disturbance and then discovered a man in his home, later identified as Rowe by deputies.
The homeowner then got his gun, which sent Rowe into a full retreat. The homeowner fired at least three shots at Rowe, according to deputies. Rowe wasn’t injured, however.
Deputies were soon in the area and began to search the area when they got a description of Rowe from the homeowner. Rowe was then apprehended 500 yards from the home despite his continuing efforts to flee.
Rowe faces up to 15 years in prison for the burglary charge alone, if convicted of the crime. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.