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Man arrested after shooting wife in neck

Posted: May 3, 2018 5:15 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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William Chace

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators arrested a Camden-area man Tuesday and charged him with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after he allegedly shot his wife.

According to KCSO press release, investigators arrested William Chace, 60, of Friendship Road, which is located just a few miles north of Camden off S.C. 97. Deputies responded to a shooting call around 2:40 a.m. at the Friendship Road home. Chace’s wife called 911 saying she’d been shot and was walking down S.C. 97 just outside Camden’s city limits. One of the responding deputies located her walking down the road, and saw that she was covered in blood.

In the press release, KCSO officials said the deputy quickly determined the woman needed immediate medical care, placed her in his patrol car and rushed her to KershawHealth. There, medical staff stabilized her and had her flown to Palmetto Health Richland for further treatment, according to the press release.

Investigators then went to Chace’s home and collected the Hi-Point 9mm handgun used in the shooting, as well as other evidence. Investigators detained Chace and transported him to KCSO headquarters where, according to the press release, he cooperated and provided investigators with a statement. In that statement, Chace reportedly confirmed he had discharged his handgun in his wife’s direction after she had walked out of the home.

Investigators decided to consult with the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in order to make the proper charges against Chace because “there were some unusual circumstances surrounding this incident,” KCSO officials said in the press release. They said investigators have not been able to interview Chace’s wife because she cannot talk due to a bullet wound to her jaw.

According to the KCSO, Chace has no prior criminal history. Online Kershaw County Clerk of Court records only show three traffic-related charges -- all for speeding between 1999 and 2004 -- and several civil cases from 2006.

Investigators transported Chace to the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) where Magistrate Judge Scott Rankin set a $75,000 bond. As of Wednesday afternoon, KCDC online records showed him as still being detained.

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