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Law Enforcement Report - March 2, 2011

KCSO investigating motel shooting incident

Posted: March 1, 2011 4:51 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating a shooting incident at a West DeKalb Street, Camden, motel.

Deputies were called to the motel around between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Feb. 22 to speak to a 35-year-old Camden man who said he got into an argument with the 23-year-old suspect, also from Camden, after the suspect came to the room. At some point during the argument, the suspect pulled out a pistol and said he was going to kill the victim.

The victim said he was able to grab the gun and it went off, with the bullet striking the wall. The suspect then reportedly ran out of the room across the street toward a convenience store. The victim said he believed the suspect got into a green Chevy Blazer and may have gone to his mother’s house.

The suspect had not been arrested as of Monday morning.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 21-27:

A 21-year-old Cassatt man was charged with trafficking in crack cocaine after he was seen leaving a known drug house in Elgin’s Dixonville community at a high rate of speed. Walter Brown, of Red Hill Road, was arrested after leading a KCSO deputy on a high speed chase with speeds reaching near 85 mph. Brown was pulled over near Cluster Branch Road. He claimed he was hurrying to get home after work. The deputy noted the store had closed more than three hours earlier. Brown admitted to being at his cousin’s home, identified in the report as someone known to sell crack cocaine. A search of the vehicle turned up a bag containing a portion of a round, one-third white disk weighing approximately 12 grams in the center console under a false bottom. A transparent pill bottle was also found with a cocaine residue. Brown refused to say, specifically, who had given him the drugs. He was arrested for trafficking as well as driving left of center and driving too fast for conditions. When deputies seized $176 from his pants pocket, Brown allegedly complained that the KCSO was “taking from him and his family.” However, deputies wrote in their report that he “could not give a valid reason to justify the damage being done by distributing crack cocaine.” Brown reportedly claimed he only made $8 an hour, which deputies said, “…supports suspicions that Brown is selling crack to supplement his income.”

A 28-year-old Cassatt man was arrested after the KCSO narcotics unit was tipped to drug dealing at a Bradley Road, east Camden, location. Narcotics units set up surveillance and saw a car pull up driven by the suspect. The car stayed for a short period of time, then pulled out and went to a nearby grocery store. A female passenger and child got out and went in the store. A man walked up to the vehicle, made contact with the suspect and then walked away while looking around suspiciously. Another man came up to the car, got in the passenger seat and conducted some type of transaction. He left as the woman and the child returned from the store. Units followed the car after it left the parking lot, discovering the license plate belonged on a different vehicle. The car was stopped in Camden and the driver removed from the vehicle. A bag of marijuana was in plain view in an ash tray. A search of the vehicle turned up some sandwich bags, allegedly to be used as packaging material, along with a cigarette box containing 19 pieces of crack cocaine weighing a total of 2.8 grams. Another small bag of marijuana was recovered as well. The man was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, simple possession of marijuana and driving without a license.

Deputies responding to a call of a hit and run from Camden police ended up in a short chase involving a moving truck. A deputy saw the truck pull out from behind a U.S. 1 South bank and turn on Plaza Drive. When the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle began to increase speed in an attempt to flee. After the deputy turned on his siren, the vehicle drove behind a grocery store, through some woods on to Boulware Drive, then into an apartment complex and past a playground before stopping in another set of woods. A man exited the vehicle and ran through a break in a chain link fence. The driver was later determined to have a suspended driver’s license. He was found and arrested in another apartment complex where it turned out the moving truck had been stolen from. The suspect was charged with driving under suspension, third offense; failure to stop for blue lights; and open container.

A 20-year-old Elgin man was arrested following an automobile accident with injuries at the intersection of Cherokee Boulevard and Bowen Street. The man -- who had claimed he was a passenger and not the driver of one of the vehicles -- took off running down Robin Hood Road, through several yards while yelling that deputies couldn’t catch him. Deputies soon caught up to him, however, drawing a Taser on him. He stopped, but continued to resist commands to be handcuffed. He was charged with driving under suspension and resisting a law enforcement officer.

A 51-year-old man was arrested after a traffic stop involving a van circling a known drug location on Eskie Dixon Road in Elgin. Deputies saw the man throw a crack pipe on the van’s floorboard. He then refused to cooperate or keep his hands in view. A search turned up a less than 1 gram piece of crack cocaine. As he was being arrested, the man admitted to deputies he threw the crack pipe but would only tell police where he got the crack if he was let go. No deal -- he was taken to jail and charged with possession of crack cocaine.

A man and a woman were seen pulling up to a Sunset Strip, Elgin, residence and then leaving in a hurry. The front door was later found to have been kicked in. A 12-gauge pump action shotgun, video game console and backpack were stolen and the house “completely messed up.”

A middle school student was suspended from school pending an expulsion hearing after he was found in possession of a knife with a 4-inch blade. Administrators had been advised he also had a BB gun on school grounds, but none was found.

The KCSO is investigating an allegation that a 14-year-old boy molested his 7-year-old stepsister. Investigators are also looking into allegations that a 52-year-old man molested a 3-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother.

A woman living on Fox Hill Court in Lugoff said after coming home around 2 a.m. she heard a piece of plywood fall and saw two men running through the woods carrying her propane cylinder.

A 20-year-old Lugoff man is accused of stealing his father’s camera and selling it for cash to purchase marijuana and taking two of his father’s guns and selling them to another man.

A 39-year-old Camden woman was arrested after she allegedly purchased a quantity of Vicodin from an unknown man at a Bolden Street intersection known for drug sales.

Deputies responding to an alarm at a Bishopville Highway, east Camden, home found the back door forced open. A laptop computer was stolen from off a kitchen counter.

Someone kicked in the front door to a Gary Goff Road, Elgin, home and stole 30-30 lever action rifle with scope that was still inside its case with a box of ammunition.

Someone kicked in the back door of a Doc Humphries Road, east Camden and stole a 42-inch TV and DVD player, along with several rifles, shotguns and pistols.

Someone kicked in the front door of a Lachicotte Road home in Lugoff and stole a flat screen TV, laptop computer, digital camera and a fire proof safe box.

Someone entered two shops on Sawmill Road near Kershaw and stole a chain saw, a set of car ramps and a floor jack as well all the wiring out of the shops.

Someone stole a dual axle utility trailer, a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .25 semi-automatic pistol from a Sessions Road, Elgin, location.

A 40-year-old Elgin man said he was dancing with a woman at a bar when he was attacked by several men and beaten to the point of unconsciousness.

Someone broke into a shed on Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden and stole two window air conditioning units and a 3-compartment sink.

Two women were reportedly seen taking 15 gray shipping bins from the back of a store on Roseborough Road in Lugoff.

The KCSO is investigating a report that a man exposed himself to a woman and her daughter on at least two occasions.

Someone kicked open the front door of a Sessions Road, Elgin, home and stole a TV and a trombone worth $2,500.

The KCSO is looking into suspicious fires on Sandy Grove Road near Kershaw and Vistaview Drive in Elgin.

Someone tried to force their way into the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department by prying open a window.

Someone kicked in the side door to a Spring Village Road, Lugoff, home and stole a laptop computer.

Someone stole nearly $2,000 in farm equipment from Lonesome Pine Trail north of Camden.

Investigators are looking into allegations of child abuse by the mother’s boyfriend.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 13 vandalism; nine intimidation; six simple assault; five larceny; four public disorderly conduct and trespassing; two missing person and natural death; and one action call, allegedly attempted date rape, bad check, breach of peace, burglary, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, harassing or obscene phone call, identity theft, motor vehicle theft, possible lewd act on a minor, receipt of stolen property, runaway, shoplifting, swindle, theft from a coin operated machine, theft from a motor vehicle, violation of a court order, weapon law violation and welfare check.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) issued summons to four young people ages 15-20 after a complaint that there were several juveniles in an East DeKalb Street parking lot refusing to leave.

As an officer approached their vehicle, the juveniles tried to leave with one person getting into the vehicle. Those outside the vehicle said they were walking to Henry Street and stopped to talk to the people in the car. While speaking to a 20-year-old man, the officer could smell alcohol. He was able to see open containers in the vehicle and asked those inside to step out.

A 19-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy admitted the open containers were theirs; the 20-year-old also admitted he had been drinking. Two unopened cans of beer were found in the back of the vehicle. A container containing ice and more beer was found in the trunk. The 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy also admitted to having cigarettes in their possession.

The two boys were issued warnings for being under 18 in possession of tobacco. All four young people were issued tickets for being under 21 in possession of alcohol.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 21-27:

A Camden woman said a man she only knows by an initial followed her to her apartment and pointed a firearm at her. She said he also presented what looked like a Taser. She said he threatened to follow her to her bank and force her to make good an old $50 debt. The report did not indicate that he followed through on that threat.

An employee of a Springdale Plaza store admitted to voiding out receipts, pocketing the money for herself and using the cash to purchase gas and food for herself. She was arrested and charged with breach of trust less than $2,000.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four larceny; three third degree assault; and one driving under suspension, harassing or obscene phone call, harassment, liquor law violation, shoplifting and theft from a motor vehicle.

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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