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Crime Report - June 11, 2014

KCSO investigates exchange of gunfire near Heath Springs

Posted: June 10, 2014 5:26 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies are investigating a reported shooting incident at a River Road, Heath Springs address just inside the Kershaw County.

A KCSO report said the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office called Saturday night asking for deputies to be dispatched to the scene to check for evidence of a shooting. The report said a spent 9-mm shell casing was found and photographs were made of the location.

Lancaster County authorities said the incident began in their county when three men in one car allegedly followed another man in his car in Heath Springs and pointed a gun at him. They allegedly followed him to the Kershaw County location, where he pulled over and an exchange of gunfire occurred. The man told deputies he fired three shots from his Ruger 9-mm pistol, but did not know if he hit the vehicle or any of the men inside.

Lancaster County deputies reported finding the car in Heath Springs with a shattered back window and one flat tire. All the men involved said they wanted to press charges and were told that to do so they would have to return to the scene of the shooting or go to KCSO headquarters on Monday.

The report said no one was hurt. 

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of June 2-8:

A Pageland road paving company reported the theft of a backhoe from the Cassatt area June 3. A KCSO report listed the 2007 Caterpillar machine at $40,000 and that it was missing from a construction area on Drakeford Road. The victim reported the machine was there at 5 p.m. June 3 and that it was gone when the crew returned at 8 a.m. the next day.

An Elgin woman reported her car stolen Friday. A KCSO report said the victim told deputies her 2000 Pontiac Bonneville was taken from her yard on Dixon Road. The report said the $3,000 car was unlocked but did not have the keys inside.

The KCSO also reported 14 thefts, 11 arrests for possession of marijuana, six calls for criminal domestic violence, five assaults, five cases of harassment, four incidents fo malicious injury to property, three reports each of burglary, open container and driving under the influence, two each for minor in possession of alcohol, possession of crack cocaine, vandalism, public disorderly conduct and one case each for trespassing, breaking and entering and misuse of 911.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers apprehended a shoplifting suspect after a foot chase Saturday.

A CPD report said police were called to an East DeKalb Street supermarket where employees and shoppers said they had seen a 40-year-old man conceal several steaks in his clothing and leave the store. An officer saw the man outside a neighboring fast food restaurant and reported that the suspect ran through the restaurant -- in one door and out another -- before fleeing into some nearby woods.

Officers spotted the man, who ran again, but was caught behind another business in the area. Officers arrested him and issues him a trespass notice not to enter the supermarket again.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of June 2-8:

A CPD officer responded to a West DeKalb Street gas station and convenience store Sunday, where a manager said he suspected an employee had stolen more than $2,900 from the store. The CPD report said the employee was supposed to make money “drops” from the cash register into the store safe, but had allegedly failed to do so nine times, including once when store surveillance video showed the man putting money in his pocket.

An unknown man who went into an East DeKalb Street jewelry store claiming he wanted to buy an engagement ring allegedly walked out of the store with a $7,600 ring from the store. The ring is described as platinum with a diamond. The store provided security footage to investigators.

The CPD also reported three other cases of shoplifting, two arrests for driving under the influence and one case each of assault, burglary, driving under suspension and theft and one citation issued to a Dusty Bend furniture store for continued littering after being warned.

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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