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Feds charge Spartanburg man in April shooting

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SPARTANBURG, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg man who was not charged by local officials after he shot and killed two alleged burglars was arrested and charged by federal officials recently.

According to court records, Douglas Williams, 30, was charged with felon in possession of a gun and ammunition by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Deputies said in April, Williams arrived home to his apartment complex with his girlfriend when he saw two men near the window of his apartment.

When he confronted the men, they tried to hide, so in fear for his life, he fired shots at them, according to investigators.

According to the Spartanburg County coroner, the burglary suspects, 22-year-old Michael Gentry-Hil Jr. and 18-year-old Darren Hill, both died from gunshot wounds to the head.

Days after the shooting, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said Williams would not be charged by local officials because he did not violate state law.

Wright consulted with the Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office in reviewing the evidence, and said the shooter was protected under the Brayboy Ruling by the South Carolina Court of Appeals in 2010.

He said even though Williams was a convicted felon, the ruling allowed him to have a handgun to defend himself and protect his property.

Officials said Williams had a 2008 forgery conviction, which violates federal law, which states that a felon cannot have a firearm under any circumstance, according to the solicitor's office.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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