Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting Incident
ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC (July 22, 2013/10:00 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred at a St. Helena home Friday night.
Deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Dulamo Rd just before 10 pm Friday night. As they patrolled the area, they observed an individual standing outside 77 Reunion Rd, holding a shotgun.
The individual, identified as 35-year old Charles Bryan of 86 Reunion Rd, was armed with a shotgun and a handgun, and advised he'd come to the aid of his cousin, 27-year old Brian Bryan, who had just been robbed by two unknown black males.
Deputies made contact with the homeowner, Brian Bryan, who reported that the two suspects had entered his home through an unlocked side door. When one of the suspects began firing shots at him inside the home, Bryan returned fire with his own handgun.
As deputies further investigated, a gunshot victim arrived at Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment. Contact was made with 18-year old A-Tray Tyler Holmes at the hospital, who advised that he had been shot during a thwarted attempt to rob Brian Bryan.
Holmes stated that he and a second suspect had gone to Bryan's home with the intention of robbing him. During the robbery attempt, multiple shots were fired by both parties. Holmes advised he believed was shot by Bryan as he fled the home. Holmes sustained non-life threatening injury for which he was treated and released. Upon his release, he was placed under arrest on one count of Armed Robbery and transported to the detention center where he remains on a $50,000 bond. Investigators are working to positively identify Holmes' co-defendant at this time. Additional charges/arrests are pending.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation and is asked to contact Investigator Cpl. J. Malphrus at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers.