SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Authorities say a man has been charged with killing a co-worker after he told investigators the person he shot was an unknown intruder who broke in his South Carolina home.

Spartanburg Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Bobo said deputies don’t know why 59-year-old Donald Partaka killed 34-year-old Laura Hood at Partaka’s home in Campobello around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Bobo says when deputies arrived, Partaka said he fired after someone he didn’t know entered his home without permission.

But Bobo says officers quickly figured out the shooter worked with Hood. He didn’t say where they were employed.

Bobo said in a statement that Partaka is charged with murder. It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

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