Escaped South Carolina inmate shot, killed by homeowner

Bruce Webb McLaughlin, Jr. (Photo credit: Pickens County Sheriff's Office)

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office says an inmate is dead following an escape attempt early Tuesday morning.

At around 2:40 a.m., officials say two county inmates escaped from Pickens County Prison after physically assaulting two detention officers and taking them captive. One of the two inmates was captured and taken back into custody at the Pickens County Detention Center.

That inmate, identified as 32-year-old Timothy Cleveland Dill, was taken into custody about 20 minutes after the escape. Around that same time, a woman called 911 and told dispatchers that an unknown man had kicked in her back door, and she shot him.

She was home alone at the time.

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Deputies arrived at the home and found the gunshot victim inside the homeowner's residence with a single gunshot wound to the head. The sheriff's office identified the shooting victim as 30-year-old inmate Bruce Webb McLaughlin, Jr.

According to authorities, McLaughlin was flown from the scene by helicopter and later pronounced dead at the Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The homeowner was uninjured.

The Pickens County Sheriff's Office says Dill is now charged with escape, two counts of first-degree assault and battery, two counts of kidnapping, strong arm robbery, and malicious injury to a jail. He's being held on no bond.

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