Update September 27, 2018
The sheriff’s office has completed its investigation of this incident. Mr. McCants was in a relationship with Jenna Morgan Horne, age 27. The two maintained separate homes but spent time in each other’s home. Mr. McCants and Ms. Horne were together out and about part of the day and evening Sunday but went their separate ways Sunday night. Ms. Horne went to her parents’ home and was later taken to her home on Maplewood Avenue by her father, Jeffrey Curtis Horne, age 58. Sometime after midnight Mr. McCants was brought to Ms. Horne’s home by a friend. Mr. Horne was still there. Mr. McCants’ friend remained there.
Mr. McCants and Ms. Horne argued inside the home as Mr. Horne and the friend talked outside on the carport. Ms. Horne went out to the carport and sat in a chair beside the door. Mr. McCants went out to the carport, and the two continued to argue. Mr. McCants physically accosted Ms. Horne as she sat in the chair. Upon witnessing this, her father, Mr. Horne, who was lawfully armed with a pistol, produced the pistol to defend his daughter. Mr. McCants lunged at Mr. Horne, who fired a single shot from the pistol at close range which struck Mr. McCants in the left side of his chest. Mr. McCants died from the gunshot wound later that morning.
Sheriff’s investigators interviewed all three who were present when the incident occurred and others with relevant information. Investigators also reviewed evidence collected during the investigation. Wednesday Sheriff Barry Faile and members of his staff met with Solicitor Randy Newman and Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins to review the results of the investigation. It was concluded that Jeffrey Curtis Horne acted lawfully in defense of his daughter and himself when he discharged his pistol at Mr. McCants and that he will not be charged in connection with Mr. McCants’ death.
“This was a tragic and traumatic event for all involved, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. McCants,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We thoroughly investigated this incident. However, based on reliable and uncontroverted evidence it is clear that Mr. Horne acted lawfully and should not be charged.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.