No charges to be filed against retired SC trooper


By Eric Weisfeld

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) _ Prosecutors say a retired South Carolina trooper used justified force when he killed a man who attacked him and forced his way into his home.
Solicitor Duffie Stone said Thursday that 51-year-old William Wise wouldn't face charges in the Nov. 14 shooting death of 39-year old Paul Rowell.
Wise told investigators he was awakened by his dogs barking around 2:15 a.m. and saw a man getting out of a truck and walking toward the former officer's Bluffton home.
Investigators say Wise warned Rowell he had a gun, firing a shot in the air when Rowell didn't stop. Deputies say the two fought and Rowell tried to take Wise's gun.
Authorities say Wise shot Rowell several times. Stone says Wise had a right to protect himself.

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