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Police: Man kills brother-in-law after he breaks into home, starts shooting in Lexington

Lexington Police say this is an isolated incident

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Lexington Police say a man shot and killed his brother-in-law after the two exchanged gunfire during a violent home invasion in the Mallard Lakes subdivision off Highway 378.

Police gave new details Tuesday night about the incident which happened at a home on Wigeon Drive around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers say they got a call of a home invasion in progress at the house. When they arrived they were met in the driveway by a man who'd been shot several times. The man's wife, who had been in the house during the shooting, was also there. Two children were at the home during the incident as well. 

When officers entered the house they found 33-year-old Matthew Lewis Stanfield of Colorado dead. He'd been shot multiple times. 

Investigators say Stanfield is the brother of the woman who lives at the home. They say he's made threats to her in the past and on this morning attempted to enter the home through the front door and the garage. Eventually investigators say he broke through a side door and entered the home. At that point the woman's husband got into a fight with him and the two exchanged gunfire, with bullets hitting each man. 

Investigators say Stanfield had brought a rifle with him to the house and had a large bag with extra magazines of ammunition, a ballistic vest, and other items. 

The incident will be reviewed by the Eleventh Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Investigators are seeking information about Matthew Stanfield and his whereabouts before this incident.  Please contact Detective Alewine at 803-358-7262 with any information. 

Those with information can also contact Midlands Crimestoppers in the following ways: 


WEB TIP – Go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click “Submit a Tip.”

MOBILE TIP – Download the new P3 Tips app on your Apple or Android Device.


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