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Crime Report - May 7, 2014

Kerhsaw man arrested after alleged shooting

Posted: May 6, 2014 3:57 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A Kershaw man is free on bond after being arrested for allegedly firing a pistol from his truck in the early morning hours Sunday.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, John Paul Guzewicz, 21, of Discovery Road, is charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling and having an open container of beer. The report said deputies responded to the Lockhart Road and Old Georgetown Road area in answer to a call about shots fired. Guzewicz’s vehicle matched the description given by witnesses, and deputies stopped him.

The report said Guzewicz admitted he fired two shots, but he had a passenger who had also fired shots from a handgun. Guzewicz said he dropped the passenger off on Beaver Dam Road before he was stopped by deputies. A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded handgun, an extra empty magazine, brass knuckles and two spent bullet shell casings. A second shell casing was found in the truck bed, according to the report. Deputies also reported finding a cool, open beer bottle in the truck cab.

Deputies transported Guzewicz to the Kershaw County Detention Center while investigators obtained written statements from witnesses. Deputies reported finding another shell casing at Lockhart Road and Old Georgetown Road and two bullet holes in a sign at a nearby business. Deputies went to Beaver Dam Road and questioned the man Guzewicz claimed as his passenger. He reportedly said he and Guzewicz had gone to the racetrack in Lancaster, but denied he or Guzewicz fired shots from the truck and that he did not even own a gun.

Online court records indicated a magistrate set Guzewicz’s a $5,000 personal recognizance bond for the shooting charge and $262.50 for the open container.

The KCSO also reported the following incidents during the period of April 28 - May 4:

Deputies took a possible male suspect to an emergency room for treatment after the 38-year-old man allegedly attacked a woman on Lakeshore Drive in Camden. According to a KCSO report, the man was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute and left the home in a Ford pickup before deputies arrived. Deputies found the truck wrecked nearby with “a lot of blood inside the vehicle and on the ground,” but did not immediately locate the man. The reporting deputy went to the home and found a 39-year-old woman covered in blood and crying. The report said the woman had scratches on her arms and puncture wound to her neck. She described the fight to deputies and claimed the man had threatened to kill her. Deputies located the man nearby and took him to the emergency room. As of press time, there were no indications the man had been either arrested or charged, according to online detention center and court records.

KCSO deputies investigated the theft of a car after Columbia police called and said the vehicle had been involved in a high-speed chase in their jurisdiction. The KCSO report said Columbia police asked local deputies to look for the car at an address on Fox Hill Road in Lugoff. The owner said he left the 1998 Mitsubishi parked at a Lugoff business with the keys inside and left in another vehicle with his wife. A deputy checked the business where the owner reported leaving the car and it was not there. Columbia police reported the car was driven by a white male, possibly in his early teens, who had a white male passenger with him. The report listed the car owner as a 55-year-old man. Neither Kershaw County nor Richland County deputies had located the car at the time the report was written.

The KCSO also reported 12, thefts, 11 assaults, eight cases of harassment, six vandalisms, four arrests for possession marijuana and four for public disorderly conduct, two for driving under suspension and two for criminal domestic violence and one case each of driving under the influence, shoplifting, swindling, trespassing, breach of peace and minor in possession of alcohol.

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The Camden Police Department reported six assaults, three shopliftings, two cases each of trespassing, vandalism, driving under the influence, malicious injury to property and driving under suspension and one case each of minor in possession of alcohol, drunkenness, obtaining money under false pretenses, burglary, communicating threats, disorderly conduct, weapons law violation (knife) and one arrest on an outstanding warrant. 

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.  

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