Laurens, South Carolina

From the Greenwood Index Journal of September 12, 2007

1 dead, 1 injured during shootout in Laurens

A Tuesday night shootout at a horse farm in Laurens left one man dead and another injured, according to regional television outlet WYFF.

The shooting claimed the life of 64-year-old Robert Reid, of 3660 Indian Mound Road, Laurens. Reports indicate Reid died at the scene.

Meanwhile, Michael Smith, 32, of 3662 Indian Mound Road, Laurens, suffered one gunshot wound to the back and was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Reports indicate that Reid and Smith were working together at Treadway Farms Tuesday and spent a large portion of the day arguing with one another.

Smith reportedly told officers he was cleaning a gun on the farm property late in the day when Reid approached him, brandishing a gun.

Smith reportedly told the officers Reid fired and hit him in the back. Smith said he then picked up his gun and, in alleged self-defense, fired back at Reid.

An investigation by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.

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