Teenager dies in Columbia County shooting

A 17-year-old is dead following an early morning shooting in Columbia County.

At 2:47 a.m., Columbia County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 4100 block of Coventry Avenue following reports of a burglary in progress with a wounded suspect.

Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Steve Morris said deputies found Jordan Middleton dead in the foyerfrom a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to an emailed statement from Morris, Middleton was in the home to visit a 14-year-old girl, who let him in. The girl’s father, Derrick Fulton, heard noises downstairs, armed himself and went to investigate. The family dog was barking toward the guest bedroom, so Fulton said that he was armed and told the person he thought was a burglar to identify himself. After giving a second warning, Fulton entered the room. Middleton ran out of the closet and was shot once in the upper chest.

No charges have been filed in the case.