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Man killed in Polk Village home invasion

A sketch of a subject wanted in connection with Wednesday night's murder in Polk Village.
A sketch of a subject wanted in connection with Wednesday night's murder in Polk Village.

BEAUFORT -- A 21-year-old Beaufort man was killed Wednesday night in Polk Village, the community's second fatal shooting in less than a week.

Joshua Ryan Tiger was shot in a duplex on Centerview Drive by an unknown gunman who barged into the home with an accomplice at about 9:30 p.m., according to authorities.

Tiger and 18-year-old Kevin Robert Shipper were in the living room when they heard a knock at the door, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Shipper told authorities that two armed black men stormed through the door.

One of the men struck Shipper on the head with a handgun, the Sheriff's Office said. Shipper told investigators there was a struggle between Tiger and the second suspect, and Tiger was shot. The two men left the apartment in what authorities believe was a gold Lincoln Town Car.

Tiger was pronounced dead at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the Sheriff's Office said.

Patrol cars canvassed the area Thursday morning as deputies searched for the two men whom investigators haven't identified. Sketches of the suspects, above, have been released.

One of the suspects was described by Shipper as about 6 feet 1 inch tall, 170 pounds and wearing all black clothing with thin "chin-strap" style facial hair.

The second man was described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, 220 pounds and wearing all black clothing, having a round face and no facial hair. Tiger's death is the fourth fatal shooting reported in northern Beaufort County since July 5:



Martinez-Ramirez died from his injuries two days later at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The man charged in the shooting, Lance Cpl. Patrick King, remained in the Beaufort County Detention Center on Thursday night on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.





Matthews was charged with possession of a stolen handgun and Kinloch was charged with possession of a weapon by a person under 18.

Investigators believe Kinloch accidentally pulled the trigger on the stolen handgun that he, Matthews and Ray were playing with. Ray was shot in the head and later pronounced dead at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Matthews remained in the Beaufort County Detention Center on Thursday night. His bond was set at $5,000.

Kinloch was released from jail Thursday on a $5,000 bond.

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