"Our investigations have concluded that this death was an act of self-defense and no charges will be filed," said Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder.
Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols determined the death of McCraney, found dead in his home on Nov. 5, was a homicide.
Around 12:45am, deputies with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 100 block of Colonial Acres, in reference to a shooting incident. Upon their arrival, deputies entered the home and observed a deceased white male.
Nichols identified the victim as Michael Eric McCraney, 35, of 171 Colonial Acres Road.
Nichols ruled the death a homicide after an autopsy on Nov. 6. Nichols said the victim was hit by two .410 shotgun blasts with one to the neck being ruled as the cause of death.