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Sheriff’s Department releases more information on last Monday’s shooting in the Sharpe’s Hill area

Sharpe’s Hill, SC (Paul Kirby) – Captain Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has released additional information on a shooting that occurred on Monday, November 11th, 2019 in the Sharpe’s Hill area of Lexington County. The incident was reported just before 4:15 a.m. The Lexington Ledger first reported Monday that the shooting had occurred but had few details regarding the incident and what transpired.

According to an incident report written by the first arriving deputy, he was dispatched to Meadowfield Road in response to an assault. When he arrived, he found a white male, age 24, who was laying on his back at the edge of the woods hugging a tree. He had a gunshot wound on his thigh, and someone had applied a belt as a tourniquet to control the bleeding. He was conscious and able to talk with the deputy. There was also a female on scene that was interviewed by a sergeant from the Sheriff’s Department separately.

The man told the deputy he had been walking along the shoulder of Meadowfield Road when a black car passed him going in the same direction as he. He said that someone from the car sot him and then continued driving west on Meadowfield Road without stopping. He also said he had crawled from the road to the woods before the arrival of law enforcement officers.

Lexington County EMS responded as did a fire engine from the closest county fire station. Those crews worked together to stabilize the man before transporting him to Prisma Health’s Palmetto Richland’s campus. He was sedated by the staff there and the deputy, who had followed the ambulance to the hospital, was relieved by a detective.

Telecommunications operators with Lexington County’s Communication Center did notify the deputy at some point that one person on scene was wanted in Newberry County for fraud. That warrant was confirmed to be active after the Communications Center contacted the agency that had issued it. We cannot confirm whether the warrant was for the man or the woman because of the redactions in the report. At that point, no one was under arrest and they still had a right to privacy, especially regarding health-related issues that we have detailed in this article. We are unable to confirm that any arrest has been made at this point.

Detectives did log all the man’s possessions into evidence. Those items included several pieces of gold colored chain jewelry, a camo hoodie, and the remaining clothes he was wearing when shot. They also included a bandanna.

Detectives have released no explanation as to why the man was walking on the dark, rural road that early in the morning. His occupation was listed on the report as unemployed. The temperature at the time was in the high 30s.

The Sheriff’s Department’s work on the case continues. If you have any information that might help in this investigation, please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888 CRIME SC. You can also make tips through their website at midlandscrimestoppers.com of through their P3 app that is available for Apple or Android in either app store. You may be eligible for a sizable reward if your tips lead to an arrest and conviction.

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