Anderson County coroner identifies man fatally shot by Williamston homeowner

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened in the moments before a construction worker was shot by a Williamston homeowner late Sunday night.

Late Monday afternoon, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown identified the man killed as Efren N. Ramirez, 39, of Honduras. McCown said Ramirez had been living in Upstate South Carolina for a while doing construction work. McCown said Ramirez lived across the street from the home where he was shot, and that he appeared to have been heavily intoxicated when he died. It’s not yet clear how, or if, that played a role in what happened.

Sgt. J.T. Foster of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said Monday morning that preliminary information indicates that Ramirez was shot as he attempted to break into a home on Boiter Road. Investigators have not disclosed the name of the homeowner who shot him. No charges had been filed in the case as of Monday.

Ramirez died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Foster and Deputy Coroner Don McCown. He was shot at the doorway of the home, Foster said.