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Straight shooter

CPD officer wins best shot with revolver

Posted: June 15, 2012 4:42 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.
Denise Schnese/C-I

CPD Detective James Heming (left) and Constable Earl Berry teamed up to win at a recent shooting competition.

In his own words, Camden Police Department (CPD) Detective James Heming describes his recent win in the Open Class Revolver Championship at the South Carolina Police Combat League’s Palmetto State Classic Pistol Competition as, “Truly a highlight in my career -- with years of shooting competition under my belt it is amazing to me that I was able to come out on top of 68 other competitors in the main event revolver match, and then to be able to win first place in the Two-Man Team competition with teammate Earl Berry was more than exciting, to say the least.”

Heming and Berry, a CPD constable, both work in investigations and have known each other for many years. Berry retired from the Sumter Police Department in 2009, after 44 years in active law enforcement. He now serves as a special agent to the CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Prior to his position as investigator in Camden, Heming worked for the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), the University of South Carolina Division of Public Safety, and the S.C. Department of Mental Health Division of Public Safety. His shooting career began in 1992 when working for the KCSO. He won the High New Shooter of the Year award that year, and then made the SC Governor’s Top Twenty in 1993 and has been on the Governor’s Twenty every year since. During the course of his career he has achieved several awards at the regional, state and national levels. One of his most notable awards was making the President’s 100 in 2004 at the National Championship event held in Jackson, Miss.

As a team, Heming and Berry function well and clearly respect one another’s shooting abilities. When asked how their marksmanship skills have contributed to their roles as officers, they both agreed that competition has given them confidence to do their jobs effectively.

“Through the spirit of competition I have (also) developed relationships with individuals who have given me support, and I am very grateful for that,” Heming added.


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