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Handgun saves the day in Spartanburg, SC

A couple returned home to find two burglars inside their apartment. Williams took his girlfriend’s handgun and confronted the thugs. Instead of surrendering the burglars took defensive positions and Williams shot both. Both burglars died. Police say the shooting was justified.


Spartanburg County 911 released the calls to the Herald-Journal on Wednesday.

Michael Deangelo Gentry-Hill Jr., 22, of 102 Richborough Drive, died at the scene of the incident. Darren Tyree “Ty” Hill, 18, of 112 Shelby St., died at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center later Saturday morning, according to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.

According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Williams, 29, and his girlfriend saw two men near the window of their apartment at Lee’s Crossing off Powell Mill Road shortly after midnight early Saturday morning.

Investigators say Williams retrieved his girlfriend’s handgun from the vehicle and went to confront the two men.

Williams told investigators that when he confronted the two men moved to conceal themselves behind some air conditioning units on the ground near the window to his apartment.

Investigators say this action by the two men to try and conceal themselves made Williams fear for his life and it was then he fired two shots striking each man one time in the head.

The first 911 call came in at 12:03 a.m., with the female caller, believed to be Williams’ girlfriend, saying to a dispatcher, “Somebody just broke into my house. I was pulling up at my house and they was coming out of my house.”

When the dispatcher asked if anyone was hurt, the woman responded, “They dead … they dead.”