Solicitor awaiting toxicology report – in teen’s shooting


By Stan Welch
The question of whether to file charges against the Wren area homeowner who shot and killed seventeen year old Brandon Nathan Tyson earlier this month remains unanswered. Tenth Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said he is awaiting test results from the SLED lab, including toxicology results before making a decision.
“I have talked with ACSO deputies and heard their account of what they found. Once we get the test results back, we will review them, and make a decision. I also want to sit down with the family and tell them what we intend to do. With all the demands on SLED in the wake of the hurricane, the results may be a few weeks coming back. Right now, no charges have been filed and Mr. Chastain has not been arrested or booked.”
Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy C.D. Sellars was dispatched to 210 Merritt Drive on Saturday, September 8 in response to “an emotionally unstable” subject, according to his filed incident report. The report states that he found a male (Chastain) with a serious laceration to the left side of his face, and a subject (Tyson) on the garage floor with two gun shot wounds; one was superficial wound to the neck area and the other was to the head.
Mark Chastain, WM, 40, 5’11″, 210 pounds, and homeowner of the residence, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital and admitted to the ICU. Tyson, 17, WM, 6’3″,155 pounds, was also transported to GMH where he was declared dead at 3:55 a.m.
Tyson, according to witnesses, was at the Chastain home hanging out with friends when he began behaving in a bizarre, erratic manner. He began breaking windows and causing other property damage, eventually waking Chastain who came downstairs to investigate.