Greenville County deputies said a suspected burglar is dead after being shot by a resident who discovered the intruder Friday morning.

Deputies said they were called to an apartment complex on Easterlin Way just after 8 a.m. after a person living there came home and found the suspect in the home.

“The resident fired at least one round and retreated outside to call and await law enforcement response,” Investigator Sean Zukowsky said in an email.

Deputies arrived and Zukowsky said they found the suspect dead in the master bedroom closet.

The victim's uncle said the suspect had been stalking his niece and had made threats against her in the past.

“He couldn’t accept that ‘no means no,” Douglas Sweeney said.

Sweeney said his niece works at a night club and had previous encounters with the suspect while working.

Sweeney said the woman had just returned home from taking her children to school and found the man in her closet. He said he's grateful his niece is an armed CWP holder or he fears the morning may have had a different outcome.

“I’m glad she had it, because there is no telling what this joker would have done," Sweeney said.

A section of the parking lot in the apartment complex was roped off while forensics and multiple deputies descended on the apartment complex to investigate.

The coroner identified the deceased suspect as 34-year-old Quentin Ramon Oliver. Oliver died on scene, the coroner said.

The case remains under investigation.

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