Man arrested in deadly shooting

LIBERTY — A Liberty man was arrested following a deadly shooting last week.

According to Pickens County coroner Kandy Kelley, 22-year-old Mitchell Aaron Bradley of Duncan was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office arrested John William McCarty, 46, of 237 Watts Road in Liberty, on charges of voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The sheriff’s office received reports through the 911 center of a shooting that had occurred at the residence on July 15.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene at approximately 11:45 p.m.

According to a release from chief deputy Creed Hashe, Bradley was found dead on the back porch with visible injuries consistent with at least one gunshot.

It was confirmed there were three other adult males at the home in addition to Bradley when the incident occurred.

According to the release, police believe an argument between the four men escalated to a physical confrontation before at least one shot was discharged in Bradley’s direction.

One of the three surviving men was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries believed to have been sustained during a physical confrontation with one of the men.

A 9-mm handgun was later recovered from the residence by forensics personnel. Sheriff’s detectives met with representatives from the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and turned the case over to the solicitor for review.

McCarty was arrested on July 17 and transported to the Pickens County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.