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Neighbor recalls suspect chasing him before home invasion

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Beaufort County deputies are still piecing together a deadly home invasion. Investigators say Paul Rowell, 39, tried to break into retired Lt. Chuck Wise's home, but Wise shot and killed him.

Albert Murray lives close to where the shooting happened, and when Rowell followed him home, he knew something wasn't quite right.

"He said, man I got to kill you," Murray said.

Murray says it didn't end there. Rowell chased him for about 10 minutes until Murray finally got back inside his truck and threatened to call police. Rowell backed away after that, but he didn't go far and ended up pulling up to Chuck Wise's home on Palmetto Bluff Rd. Wise told him to leave, and even fired a warning shot, but investigators say at some point Rowell attacked Wise. Rowell then forced his way inside the home and Wise fired hitting him several times. Murray says his neighbor did the right thing.

"I was telling the cops that night, if I had got in the house to get my weapon, I probably would have take the guy down myself. But I couldn't get my weapon, so he went not too far, and unfortunately went to the wrong house."

After the shooting, Wise called 911. Sheriff PJ Tanner and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are still investigating and waiting to hear from Solicitor Duffie Stone to decide whether or not they'll pursue any charges.

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