Greenbrier Man Killed in Home Invasion

GREENBRIER – A 34-year-old Greenbrier man was shot and killed inside his home early Thursday morning and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s is on the hunt for three suspects in the grisly home invasion.

Sheriff Will Montgomery said Latonia Workman died at the scene at his home at 75 Spinnaker Drive. Workman had returned home just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday to find his mother being held face-down on the floor by three men, at least two of which were armed – one with a handgun and another with a long gun. Montgomery said the men had only just forced their way into the home when Workman arrived, and when Workman entered they seized upon him as well. One of the suspects was wearing a hockey mask, Montgomery said, and another had his face covered with a bandana. It was not known at press time if the third suspect was also wearing a mask.

The gunmen then forced Workman to produce and open a lock-box from inside the home. Montgomery said it was not known what, if anything, was inside the lock-box, but deputies found it empty when they arrived at the home a short time later.

One of the suspects then shot Workman before all three fled the scene. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said results of an autopsy, completed Friday morning, revealed that Workman died from blood loss from a single gunshot to the left leg, just above the knee. Ramsey said the wound was caused by either a .44 or a .45 caliber handgun. A ballistics analysis had not been completed at press time.

The suspects left the home in Workman’s car, a 2003 Buick LeSabre, which investigators later located abandoned on Cowhorn Road, approximately a quarter of a mile from 75 Spinnaker Drive.