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Gaffney man dies during struggle with homeowner

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The Corinth Fire Dept. honor McAbee, where he served as a volunteer firefighter. (Sept. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Corinth Fire Dept. honor McAbee, where he served as a volunteer firefighter. (Sept. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
The American flag flies at half-staff after McAbee's death. (Sept. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina) The American flag flies at half-staff after McAbee's death. (Sept. 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Gaffney man died during a struggle with a homeowner early Saturday morning, according to Cherokee County deputies.

Deputies said that about 4 a.m. they were called to a home on Corinth Road about a disturbance.

Investigators said that arriving deputies found a man, identified by the Cherokee County Coroner's Office as 28-year-old Joshua McAbee, dead.

Deputies said that it appears McAbee was driving through the yard of the Corinth Road home when he became stuck and started spinning his wheels. They said that during his attempt to leave the yard, McAbee's vehicle hit a trailer in the yard, which woke the homeowner.

Investigators said that the homeowner came outside, fired a shot and was holding McAbee at gunpoint until deputies could arrive. They said that before deputies arrived, a struggle ensued and the homeowner hit McAbee in the head with a cinder block.

Deputies said they are still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding McAbee's death, but they said it appears McAbee had driven through a different yard earlier.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said McAbee's death appeared to be a justifiable homicide.

According to McAbee's Facebook page and a memorial set up outside of the station, McAbee was a volunteer firefighter for the Corinth Fire Department, where the American flag was flown at half-staff on Monday.

McAbee's family did not want to comment on the investigation at this time.

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