Man charged with murder


SUNSET — A Pickens man is behind bars after police say he shot and killed a man following an altercation early Saturday morning.

According to a release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe, officers responded to a 911 call at  around 2:40 a.m. Saturday about a person being shot at a home on Hannah Road in Sunset.

Upon arrival, deputies found a man, identified as Michael Shane Collins, 38, of Westminster, dead with a visible wound consistent with a gunshot in the yard of the home.

According to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley, Collins died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The alleged shooter, identified as Justin Douglas Obryant, 26, of 119 Loop Drive, had fled the scene before officers arrived, according to Hashe.

Obryant was arrested at around 8 a.m. Saturday morning near Walmart in Central, a little more than five hours after the shooting.

Obryant was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is being held without bond at the Pickens County Detention Center.

Hashe said no other charges are expected in the case.