Woman, dog fight off intruder

- A woman and her dog fought off an intruder who broke into their home Wednesday night in the Camp Creek community. 

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office arrested Casey Wayne Faile, 30, of Lancaster, after pursuing him with a K-9 unit. 

The woman told police she noticed Faile, whom she did not know, in her driveway when she prepared to leave her house about 7:30 p.m. She asked him to leave the property. 

When she returned home about an hour later, she found one of her dogs, which usually are confined, running loose in her yard.

She opened her front door to enter the home and found Faile inside. She confronted Faile, whose hands were bloody, and told him to get out. He reportedtly hesitated, and she began pushing him out the door. 

Faile grabbed a backpack and a long gun which did not belong to the woman and ran away.  The woman said she shut and locked her door and dialed 911.

Deputies responded and found several other items which did not belong to the victim scattered about. The K-9 unit tracked a scent, and witnesses reported seeing Faile near Liberty Freewill Baptist Church. 

Deputies found him near the church in a kneeling position along a fence line behind a fence post. He had a sawed off .410 gauge shotgun and threatened to shoot the deputies several times as he repeatedly refused commands to drop the shotgun and show his hands. 

Deputies continued to talk with Faile to convince him to surrender, and he eventually laid down the shotgun and was taken into custody without further incident. 

The sheriff's office said no shots were fired, and no one was injured although it does appear Faile was bitten by the victim’s dog. 

Drugs were found on Faile when he was searched. 

Faile is charged with Burglary First Degree, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime, Threatening the Life of a Public Official, and Possession of Controlled Substances. 

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.sccrimestoppers.com.


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