YORK COUNTY, SC – No charges will be filed in the January 15, 2017 homicide investigation at the Hideaway Club, located at 405 East Baskins Road, Rock Hill, SC. Sheriff Kevin Tolson stated that, “After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting, both the Sheriff’s Office and the Solicitor’s office concluded that the shooting was a justified act of legal self-defense.”
Sheriff Tolson also stated that, “After weighing the accounts of more than 40 witnesses, it was determined that 76-year-old Elijah McClendon “Mac” Teal was unlawfully assaulted by 28-year-old Christopher Michael Elkins.”
Just before 1:00 AM on January 15th, Elkins and a group of friends got into an altercation inside the Hideaway Club and were asked to leave the building. Elkins and his group left towards the parking lot and then later returned to the club to get personal property. Teal, the owner of the Hideaway Club, lawfully refused to allow Elkins to reenter the business.
Elkins then violently and unlawfully struck Teal in the head. Teal drew a firearm that he was lawfully carrying and fired two shots. One of the bullets struck Elkins in the right front ribcage area and he later died from the injury. Sheriff Tolson said that forensic testing assisted investigators in corroborating Teal's account of events.
“While the death of Mr. Elkins was certainly unfortunate, the investigation clearly supported the exercising of Mr. Teal’s right of self-defense both under the statutory and common law of South Carolina,” said Solicitor Kevin Brackett. “A business owner has no duty to retreat when attacked at their place of business and the disparity between the ages and physical conditions of Mr. Teal and Mr. Elkins reasonably placed Mr. Teal in fear of suffering serious injury at the hands of Elkins.”