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Resident interrupts burglary, shots fired
posted July 7, 2009
TRENTON – A late night burglary on Billy
Road off Highway 19 near the Aiken and Edgefield County line ended in
gunfire and the suspect fleeing the residence armed with a stolen .38
caliber handgun around midnight Monday. Edgefield County Sheriff Adell
Dobey, Sheriff’s Deputies, Johnston and Edgefield Police, and Aiken
County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted to the burglary and responded to
According to Sheriff’s Investigator Phil Ireland, the homeowner walked
in on the suspect during the burglary and the confrontation ended with
shots being fired at the suspect inside the home.
Police quickly set up a perimeter in the area of Billy Road, Courtney
Road, Paces Creek, Windy Ridge Road and Highway 19 and were able to
obtain the name of a possible suspect in the case. Sheriff’s
Investigator Phil Ireland said it is possible additional firearms were
stolen in the burglary.
Area hospitals were placed on alert for a possible shooting victim in
case someone arrived for treatment. However, Sheriff’s Investigator
Phil Ireland said he could not confirm that the suspect was hit by the
shots fired by the victim nor how many shots were fired. The Sheriff’s
Forensic Investigator Curtis Morris was processing the scene and
details were sketchy at best, but it was possible blood found at the
scene may have been from breaking into the home and not from a gunshot
The suspect was described only as a 31-year-old black male possibly
wearing a white tee shirt and blue jeans believed to be from the
Early in the investigation it was believed the suspect was able to make
it to a home on Courtney Road and escaped in a blue car. The car was
later located and the driver, said to be the suspect’s girlfriend, fled
the area with her children to a neighbors house. The girlfriend’s home
appeared to have been ransacked.
As more information on the suspect became available, it was learned he
was a known gang member and is known for resisting arrest, assaulting a
police officer, and failure to stop for blue lights. Deputies were
warned that the suspect is armed and extreme caution should be used in
approaching the suspect.
During the manhunt, a nearby store at the intersection of Highway 19
and 191 was reported burglarized, but no further details were
available. Aiken County Deputies were working that crime scene. It is
unknown of the two crimes were related.
The Sheriff’s Bloodhound Team arrived at 2 am to begin tracking the
suspect, believed to be still in the area. By 2:36 am the team was
tracking the suspect from the area towards Highway 19.
A later report indicated the suspect had a current felony warrant for
his arrest for assaulting a police officer and a helicopter from the
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was then called to
assist in the search. Inv. Ireland said that despite knowing the
suspect’s identity, they were not prepared to release the name at this
By 3 am the Bloodhound Team reported being on a “hot trail” in the
general area and they were finding footprints along the way. They were
reminded the suspect is a wanted felon and was considered to be armed
and dangerous. Additional information obtained by Investigators
confirmed that the suspect very well might be in the general area.
SLED arrived on the scene at 3:40 am to join the investigation.
The manhunt was still underway at press time and more information will
be made available as it is obtained.
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