Police say Fort Lawn home invasion shooting likely drug-related

Police in Chester County have not made any arrests in Tuesday’s deadly home invasion, but investigators say drugs were a likely part of the crime.

Kenneth Tidwell, 29, was killed and his girlfriend was injured early Monday in the incident at Tidwell’s home in Fort Lawn in eastern Chester County. Police are continuing to investigate but detectives “are almost positive that this is going to be drug-related,” said Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

Sprouse declined to release any other details of the investigation, or whether any evidence was collected or seized from the scene.

Tidwell has drug convictions from 2008 and 2009, according to records from the State Law Enforcement Division. He died at the scene after responding officers found him in the kitchen of the home on Shirley Road. Tidwell had been shot in the chest, coroner officials said.

Tidwell’s toddler son was inside the home at the time of the shooting but was unhurt, police said after the incident.

Whitney Stewart, 25, Tidwell’s girlfriend, was shot in the leg in the incident. Stewart had been listed in stable condition Tuesday after the shooting at a Charlotte hospital but hospital officials Wednesday afternoon said Stewart was no longer a patient.

The home invasion left neighbors shocked but police said Wednesday that officers do not believe there is any danger to others in the community, Sprouse said.