Beaufort News

Beaufort man charged with attempted murder

A Beaufort man was arrested Saturday on charges that include attempted murder after a thwarted robbery at a home on Norman Drive.

Michael Cansler, 48, was in the Beaufort County Detention Center late Monday awaiting a bond hearing. He was arrested just after 10 a.m. Saturday, when deputies responded to a theft-in-progress on Norman Drive.

Terry Norman Drawdy Jr., 23, told authorities he had gone to the property and noticed an unfamiliar truck parked there, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release. Attached to the truck was a trailer loaded with large metal oil barrels, which Drawdy recognized as having been previously stored on the property. As he approached, Drawdy saw two men run to the truck and try to drive off.

Drawdy retrieved a shotgun, called 911 and stood in front of the truck to prevent them from leaving, according to the release. Drawdy's cousin, 47-year-old David Weaver, came from his home next door to help. That's when the driver, later identified as Cansler, again attempted to drive off, nearly running over Drawdy and Weaver, according to the release.

Drawdy shot the rear driver's side tire. Cansler and his passenger, a 53-year-old man, kept going on a shredded tire.

An off-duty deputy was passing by in his personal vehicle when he saw the shot fired. He followed the truck as it continued to Donaldson Camp Road, according to the release. There, Cansler and his passenger got out of the truck and ran behind a building. The off-duty deputy found and detained them until backup arrived.

After being identified by Drawdy and Weaver, Cansler and his passenger were arrested on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and petty larceny. Cansler faces additional charges of malicious injury to property and attempted murder.

Neither Drawdy nor Weaver was injured, the release said.