Intruder shot after exchanging gunfire with homeowner, deputies say

Intruder shot after exchanging gunfire with homeowner, deputies say
Edward Deron Riggins (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Columbus County homeowner reportedly shot and injured a man attempting to enter his residence late Thursday night.

According to a spokeswoman with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, the homeowner told deputies that one of his neighbors tried to enter his home on Tillman Avenue — about 12 miles outside of Tabor City — around 11:20 p.m.

The neighbor, identified as 28-year-old Edward Deron Riggins of Tillman Avenue, allegedly started firing gunshots into the home.

The homeowner returned fire from inside the home, eventually hitting Riggins.

Riggins was taken by private vehicle to a Horry County, SC hospital for treatment. When he was released from the hospital, authorities took him into custody and booked him into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, SC where he remains jailed as of Friday morning.

The spokeswoman for the sheriff's office was unable to provide the specific charges that Riggins is facing.

No one inside the home was injured during the shooting.

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