The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating a stabbing that took place around 5 p.m. Thursday in Camden. The Camden Police Department (CPD) responded to the call first, but later determined that the actual location of the stabbing took place just outside the city limits near the old Bi-Lo shopping center off West DeKalb Street.
According to Sheriff Lee Boan and CPD Chief Joe Floyd, city officers and EMS responded to the Wendy’s on West DeKalb Street around 5 p.m. Thursday to reports of a male victim who was bleeding from an apparent stab wound.
“The incident took place around a shade tree on the other side of the Bi-Lo,” Floyd said Friday morning. “Our investigators worked the case until we learned exactly where the stabbing took place.”
He and Boan said the victim managed to stagger away from the scene and across West DeKalb Street to the Wendy’s from which officers and EMS were called. Floyd said it is actually difficult to determine whether the stabbing took place inside or outside the city limits -- there is a “donut hole” that includes part of Old River Road and Smyrl Circle that is “in the county” but surrounded by the city. Therefore, he said, his department turned the case over to the KCSO as a precaution.
“It’s in the best interest of the victim,” Floyd said.
“The city and county will both testify in court,” Boan said Friday. “We just didn’t want to take a chance on jurisdiction. We’ll generate our own report and arrest warrant.”
On Monday, KCSO Investigative Capt. Pat Boone said the victim, a 59-year-old Camden man, is an acquaintance of the suspect.
“We still need to track down the victim and get his side of the story,” Boone said.
He said it could be another day or two before on his investigators completes work on the case to determine what charge to file and against whom to file it against.