Shootout leaves one dead – Easley

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By Stan Welch

A Powdersville man returned home from a night out last Thursday (July 3) only to encounter an armed intruder in the house. In the ensuing gun fight, the intruder was killed and the resident, who is confined to a wheelchair, was wounded.

Orlandous Brown returned to his residence at 103 Woodhaven Court along with his girlfriend, Latasha Vernon and her daughter. He discovered Darrin Marquez Lowe, BM, 26, 6’, 150 pounds inside. Shots were exchanged and Lowe was killed.

Officials said the man who died was shot multiple times. Brown was wounded and was transported by Pelzer EMS to the hospital and later underwent surgery. He is expected to recover.

When ACSO Deputies J.P. Lahusky and J.A. Banister arrived on scene, the two women were in the driveway, calling to them. The deputies removed the women to a safe location and entered the house. Deputy Dunlap arrived and conducted a safety sweep of the area.

Inside, Lowe and Brown were found in the living room. Both had been shot.

ACSO Capt. Garland Major said that Lowe had no identification on him, and was identified by fingerprints. Major would not confirm reports that Lowe was from the Atlanta area but indicated that he had lived in the Easley area at one time.

Major said the investigation is continuing, but stated that there are no charges of any kind pending against Brown. “We will finish our investigation, but at this time, there is nothing to indicate that this was anything but self defense.”