Home invader shot by intended
Sheriff says she "acted in a legal and
Originally ran here
Shots were justifiable, sheriff says
By Josh Gelinas,
South Carolina Bureau, Augusta Chronicle
Friday, August 3, 2001
GEORGIA -- Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers
said Conita Sims did the right thing Thursday when she shot Reginald Dewayne
''(Ms. Sims) acted in a legal and responsible
manner, and for that reason there will be no charges brought against her,''
Sheriff Sellers stated in a news release.
He called the incident an ''obvious case of a
citizen who refused to be a victim.''
Ms. Sims had filed a criminal domestic violence
warrant Wednesday for Mr. Wheeler's arrest.
On Thursday morning, according to Sgt. George
Burgess, Mr. Wheeler went to Ms. Sims' home in the 100 block of Vista Drive in
Nicholson Village near Aiken and demanded to enter. He had previously lived in
the home. The two were a couple, authorities said.
Investigators who responded to Ms. Sims' 911
call found a doorknob to the home blown off by a shotgun.
Shortly after Mr. Wheeler entered, Ms. Sims
shot him several times with a handgun, according to Sgt. Burgess.
Mr. Wheeler was taken to Aiken Regional Medical
Centers, where he was listed in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Sgt. Burgess said there were children in the
home during the shooting but they were not hurt.
Although no charges are being filed against Ms.
Sims, Sgt. Burgess said Mr. Wheeler faces charges of burglary in the first
Sgt. Burgess said he did not know why Ms. Sims
requested the warrant for Mr. Wheeler's arrest. He said a criminal domestic
violence warrant can be issued if a person has caused harm, threatened harm or
made other terroristic threats toward another person.
Kay Mixon, executive director of Aiken's Cumbee
Center to Assist Abused Persons, said domestic violence often is an issue of
''(Ms. Sims) probably feared for her life, and
she took control,'' Mrs. Mixon said. ''When a batterer feels threatened he's
losing control, he's got to get it back.
''I'm glad she stood up for herself. Hers has a
better ending. So many women are killed in these instances.''
South Carolina ranked first in the nation in
domestic violence fatalities in 1998, according to the Violence Policy Center in
Seven domestic fatalities have been reported in
Aiken County this year.
Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 279-6895.
Another Report of the Event
Man shot after home invasion
(Originally ran here)
By SANDY NeSMITH, Staff writer, Aiken
An Aiken man remains hospitalized
in serious condition with life-threatening injuries after an early morning home
invasion in Nicholson Village.
Investigators with the Aiken
County Sheriff's Office are looking into a shooting incident that occurred
shortly after 2 a.m. today at a residence on the 100 block of Vista Drive,
according to Sgt. George Burgess, a spokesperson with the sheriff's office.
Authorities said Reginald Dwayne
Wheeler, 32, went to the home of Conita Sims, 32, of Vista Drive and demanded
entrance into the home. Wheeler reportedly lived with Sims prior to the
Investigators said the knob to a
door of the home was blown off by a shotgun. Shortly after entering the home,
Wheeler was shot multiple times.
Wheeler was rushed to the Aiken
Regional Medical Centers emergency room with injuries Burgess described as
"The couple had a previous
history of domestic violence,'' Burgess said. "And Mr. Wheeler was being
sought by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office for domestic violence against Ms.
Sims in an earlier incident.''
Burgess said no charges would be
filed against Sims, but burglary in the first degree charges are pending against