Man Dead After ‘Friendly Quick-Draw’ Competition

GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA — One man is dead and another is in custody after a quick-draw competition between the two at a residence in Spartanburg County.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting call on Friday evening. The two men, identified as James Turner, 21 and Raelan Hamilton, 21, had already done 14 rounds of a fast-draw contest that evening. The two men had been friends since middle school.

According to sheriff’s officials, Turner claimed he “accidentally chambered a round into his handgun from muscle memory.” He and Hamilton engaged in a 15th contest and Hamilton was shot in the process, dying from a single gunshot wound.

Statements given at the time by Turner and another resident corroborated the physical evidence collected. Turner was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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Robert Nixon is a retired law enforcement officer whose career spanned thirty years in various assignments, to include the rank of chief. He is the owner of AO Training Solutions LLC, specializing in open enrollment defensive handgun and trauma first aid training.

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