Man kills horse, holds woman at gunpoint before shooting self in face, cops say

A domestic violence case in South Carolina this week led a man to fatally shoot a horse before holding a woman against her will and making her watch as he shot himself in the face with a shotgun — and survived, authorities said.

Colton Hurley, 20, suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the shotgun blast due to its placement and peacefully surrendered to deputies, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Deputies said Hurley had gone to the female victim’s home in the Hickory Tavern Community, but she wasn’t home at the time. When she arrived in her car, Hurley rammed it with his pickup truck until the victim got out and ran.

Hurley pursued, tackled and assaulted her, police said. The victim was able to escape his grasp and take shelter at a relative’s house.

Police said Hurley got a shotgun from a nearby house and shot a horse at point-blank range, killing the animal, before forcing his way into the home where the victim was hiding.

The victim held a small child in her arms as Hurley held her captive, police said. He then dragged her outside and made her watch as he shot himself in the face.

"Hurley’s actions during this incident caused the victim to fear for her life and unnecessarily caused the death of an animal,” the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Domestic Violence and the inhumane and ill treatment of animals will not be tolerated.”

Hurley received treatment for his minor wounds and was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, aggravated breach of peace, ill treatment of animals, unlawful neglect of a child, and two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.

FOX Carolina reported that Hurley had a prior domestic violence arrest in February.