A murder suspect turned himself just late Thursday night, about 14 hours after he allegedly shot another man to death at the Cedarbrook Apartments on Campbell Street in Camden.
Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd said Frederick Siou Beaufort, 34, of Cooper Street, Camden, turned himself in at the Kershaw County Detention just before midnight. Beaufort is accused of fatally shooting 23-year-old Mickeel Deshawn Albert, of Bishopville, around 10 a.m. Thursday.
According to a CPD report, dispatchers sent officers to the Cedarbrook Apartments on Campbell Street just before 10 a.m. Thursday after a woman called 911 asking for help, but providing no other information. An officer arrived and immediately asked for more help, including detectives and EMS. Within minutes, another officer arrived on the scene, along with a detective.
The officers found Albert lying in a pool of blood in the foyer of an apartment. An empty shell casing was at Albert’s feet. A small clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance was on the floor near his body.
According to the report, a female officer escorted the woman in the apartment out. More detectives then arrived on the scene, allowing patrol officers to leave.
Officers meeting Beaufort at the jail served him a warrant for murder, which had been drawn early Thursday afternoon. Floyd said Thursday morning that a motive for the murder was “up in the air” until detectives could talk to Beaufort.
In August 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies identified Beaufort as a suspect in an east Camden home invasion. Deputies accused Beaufort and two others of kicking in a door of a home on Denton Street. The men reportedly pistol whipped a man living there while another suspect fondled a female victim.
Beaufort fled, reportedly to New York.
More than a year and a half later, in May 2013, deputies learned Beaufort was back in east Camden running the Pazzazz club. Deputies charged him specifically with first-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy and two kidnapping charges. However, none of those charges appear in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s online database.
Most recently, according to those online records, Beaufort has been found guilty this year of simple possession of marijuana and in 2017 for speeding. In 2001, he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He also pleaded guilty in 2006 to a charge of possession of less than 1 gram of ice, crank, or crack cocaine, second offense. In that case, Beaufort had originally been charged with the manufacture or distribution of cocaine.
Other charges against Beaufort since 2001 include traffic and drug offenses, with most if not all of the drug charges being dismissed.