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Deputies arrest same man twice in two weeks

Posted: July 26, 2018 3:42 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Charles James Harrison

County deputies arrested a Lugoff man twice in two weeks, first assisting S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) troopers following a failure to stop for blue lights and then eight days later for allegedly firing a rifle at several people.

According to the first Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) incident report, deputies charged Charles James Harrison, 28, whose last known address is on Cook Road, Lugoff, for threatening three deputies’ lives and other charges on the evening of July 12. One of the deputies spotted Harrison -- who was wanted by the SCHP -- in the passenger seat of a Chevy Colorado being driven by an older woman. The deputy reported knowing that the Colorado had been involved in a failure to stop for blue lights incident earlier that day with the SCHP.

With assistance from a state trooper and two other deputies, the deputy stopped the pickup truck on Rocky Branch Lane near where Harrison may have actually been living in rural Elgin. The state trooper identified Harrison as the person who had been driving the pickup earlier in the day. Deputies reported Harrison immediately began resisting them during the traffic stop, cursing and using racial slurs toward one of the deputies -- even stating that he was a racist and didn’t care about what he was saying.

After being arrested, Harrison reportedly claimed that if the deputies and trooper took off his handcuffs he would “beat the f---” out of the officers. He also spat on one of the deputies twice. When placed in the back of a patrol car, Harrison reportedly began trying to kick out the windows.

According to online clerk of court records, deputies charged Harrison with three counts of threatening the life of a public official and one count of resisting arrest while a trooper charged him with failing to stop for blue lights for the earlier incident. A judge set total bond at $13,000, which was paid the following day by a bonding company.

However, deputies arrested Harrison again on July 20 after being dispatched to Rocky Branch Lane around 3:15 p.m. due to an assault allegedly taking place. One of several men at the scene told deputies Harrison punched him in the left side of his face and then fired a .22 caliber rifle at the other man. The second man said he was getting a trailer he owned from Harrison’s residence. He said Harrison came out of the residence, saying the first man owed him $160 and then fired 10 rounds from the rifle in his direction. Two witnesses reportedly corroborated the two victims’ stories.

While speaking with the two men, a deputy noticed a black Dodge Dakota getting ready to pull away from Harrison’s residence. The deputy identified Harrison as the passenger and his mother as the driver. Harrison initially claimed he thought the men were trying to steal a lawn mower on the trailer and that he didn’t fire at anyone. He then reportedly changed his story and said he shot the rifle because he was owed money. Deputies found the .22 caliber rifle in the vehicle at Harrison’s feet.

A deputy went back to the victims and asked one of them to show where he was when Harrison began firing. The deputy went to the trailer and lawn mower and noticed that five .22 caliber rounds struck the lawn mower near the left side. They also noticed .22 caliber shell casings near the porch on top of some grass and sand that were still a little warm to the touch.
Deputies arrested Harrison and took him to jail and collected nine .22 caliber shell cases.

According to online jail records, Harrison was released Wednesday on another $13,000 bond.

According to online court records, county law enforcement officers have arrested Harrison numerous times since 2008 for both traffic and criminal violations. He has either been found guilty or pleaded guilty to public disorderly conduct; trespassing; receiving stolen goods; malicious injury to property; breach of trust with fraudulent intent; petit larceny; leaving a gas station without paying for gas; shoplifting; threatening the life of a public employee (twice); transporting furs, skins, pelts or hides out of state without a permit; taking raccoons, opossums or foxes during a period when they can be hunted without weapons; driving without a license; expired vehicle license; failure to maintain proof of insurance; and second-degree burglary, for which he was sentenced to five years, suspended to three years probation, $1,650 restitution, substance abuse counseling, random drug/alcohol tests and residential drug treatment.

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