COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - Colleton County man is facing an attempted murder charge after investigators say he shot his cousin for eating his potato chips, then tried to cover up the shooting.
Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputies say Ryan Langdale, 19, shot his 17-year-old cousin on Saturday, Sept. 29 at an address on Hudson Mill Road, near the town of Ruffin.
The 17-year-old's wound from the gunshot was life-threatening, according to the sheriff's office.
Authorities say initially, the suspect claimed the shooting was accidental and happened while cleaning a hunting rifle.
But, after further investigation, authorities learned that Langdale switched weapons while on scene and intentionally pointed out the wrong rifle to investigators to obscure his involvement.
After inconsistent statements and further investigation, the victim later told authorities the shooting was intentional and claimed his cousin shot him after warning him not to eat his potato chips.
On Oct. 8, investigators executed a search warrant at Langdale’s residence and recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting. The suspect surrendered to investigators at the Colleton County Detention Center. He was booked on charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and obstruction of justice.
Langdale received a $55,000 cash/surety bond and is currently being housed at the Colleton County Detention Center.