Two women arrested after Lexington County search

Edmund, S.C. – Deputies arrested two Lexington County women Thursday evening after an extensive search in central Lexington County near the county's landfill.

Brittany Michelle Furubotten, 32, and Regina Williams Wangness, 46, were both involved in a shots fired call deputies responded to in the 2400 block of Old Orangeburg Road Thursday afternoon, according to investigators. This is close to the Edmund Fire Station.

“Based on our ongoing investigation, Furubotten and Wangness fled the Old Orangeburg Road location after shots were fired,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Both women were wanted on active arrest warrants.”

Additional charges stemming from the shots fired call and the evasion of deputies are pending, according to Koon.

Lexington County K-9 units tracked Wangness before deputies apprehended her near Edmund Highway. Furubotten was later apprehended by a K-9 a short distance away near a vacant home.

Early into the operation, Captain Adam Myrick used social media to advise the public that the suspect they were searching for was possibly armed and should be considered dangerous. Myrick said that anyone who caught a glimpse of the suspect should immediately call 911. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department has an extensive social media following, and often uses that as a way of disseminating information to the public quickly.

During the search, residents in the area reported that they were asked to stay calm, but to be vigilant by the law enforcement officers on the ground. One resident who lives near the sand mine on Edmund Hwy. said she was told by officers that she should stay inside and be on the lookout for anything or anyone suspicious. She said that the helicopter circled over her home a number of times, but she never saw anyone other than law enforcement officers during the operation.

Koon said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division assisted in the search from the air with one of its helicopters and on the ground with a K-9 unit. During his first year in office Sheriff Koon made the decision to decommission his department's aging helicopter that was getting more and more expensive to maintain. During that period, Koon said that the availability of newer, more reliable helicopters from SLED and the SC Department of Natural Resources, coupled with advances in drone technology, made that economic sense. When the helicopter was requested yesterday evening, it arrived very quickly.

Koon also said that State Troopers assisted deputies on the perimeter of the search area. This cooperation with other agencies is invaluable when something of this nature is going on.

Brittany Michelle Furubotten Regina Williams Wangness

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