A well-known area musician death is ruled “justifiable homicide” after he apparently apparently broke into the home of a woman he had been dating up until a couple of months ago.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a home invasion in progress at just after 11 pm June 13 at 531 Hiller Road, Chapin.

Sheriff Leon Lott said that once deputies arrived they located the victim and Keith Dominick age 53  unresponsive in the bedroom of the residence. Where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff said the victim and Dominick were formerly involved in a relationship. Dominick forced entry into the home by breaking the glass of the front door and while doing so, severely cut his arm in the process. Once inside, he presented a gun and threatened the victim who fled to the bedroom. The victim called 911 twice as the incident unfolded.

Dominick followed, and a physical altercation ensued with the victim knocking the gun out of his hand. He attempted to retrieve the weapon and the victim struggled to keep him from it. The victim climbed on top of Dominick to restrain him and not allow him to get to it. The victim feared if he was able to reach the gun he would kill her.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts saidDominick died as a result of a combination of blood loss and strangulation. The Coroner has declared the death a justifiable homicide in light of the circumstances surrounding the case.

Dominick was the leader of The Keith Dominick Band. The band was well known in the Lake Murray community.

Photo: The Keith Dominick Band performs at the Newberry Opera House in August 2016.  Screen-grab from YouTube