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Authorities investigate St. Helena Island shooting incident


The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Friday night shooting incident that took place at a St. Helena Island home.

Deputies responded just before 10 p.m. to reports of shots fired in the area of Dulamo Road. As they patrolled the area, deputies observed an individual standing with a shotgun outside a home on Reunion Road.

The individual, identified as Charles Bryan, 36, was armed with a shotgun and a handgun. He told police that he had come to the aid of his cousin, Brian Bryan, 27, who had just been robbed by two unknown black males.

Deputies then made contact with the homeowner, Brian Bryan. He told police that the two suspects had entered his home through an unlocked side door. Brian Bryan says when one of the suspects began firing shots at him inside the home, he returned fire with his own handgun.

As deputies further investigated the incident, a gunshot victim arrived at Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment. Deputies made contact with A-Tray Tyler Holmes, 18, at the hospital. He told police that he had been shot during a thwarted attempt to rob Brian Bryan.

According to Holmes, he and a second suspect had gone to Brian Bryan's home with the intention of robbing him. Multiple shots were fired by both parties during the attempted robbery. Holmes stated that he believed he was shot by Brian Bryan as he fled the home. Holmes suffered non-life-threatening injuries for which he was treated and released. After his release, Holmes was placed under arrest on one count of armed robbery and transported to the detention center, where he remains on a $50,000 bond. Investigations are still working to identify Holmes' co-defendant. According to police, additional charges and arrests are pending.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Cpl. J. Malphrus at 843.255.3426, Crimestoppers or text CRIMES (274637).

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