Arrest made in shooting death | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 30, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 30, 2016 at 12:08 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
The man who brought a gunshot victim to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center for treatment on the evening of Nov. 23 has been arrested in the victim’s death.
Demetrius Burgess, 41, of Walterboro, was arrested by city police on charges of manslaughter and obstructing justice in connection with the death of Glenn Lashawn Johns, 42, of Walterboro.
A second man, Jermaine Silas White, 41, of Walterboro, is still being sought by city police on a charge of accessory-after-the-fact/manslaughter.
Burgess and White were listed as witnesses on the original police report.
They were the ones who, when interviewed at the emergency department, allegedly told police the shooting took place at a Hampton Street carwash.
They brought Johns to the emergency department at about 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, suffering from a gunshot wound to the right side of his torso. Medical personnel then alerted city police to the fact that a gunshot victim was undergoing treatment.
Johns was treated at the emergency department and then underwent emergency surgery. He died in the medical center’s Intensive Care Unit shortly after midnight on Nov. 24.
Police questioned the reports that the shooting had taken place on Hampton Street. After learning of the shooting, officers went to the Hampton Street business to search for evidence of the attack.
However, they did not find blood on the ground, no spent shells, no indication of the building being damaged by an errant bullet. At the supposed time of the shooting, the department did not receive any shots-fired calls from that area.
As the investigation continued, investigators were able to determine that the shooting had taken place at an apartment in Druid Hills 2 on Beach Road.
Police are still working to uncover a motive for the shooting.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey has ruled the death a homicide, listing the cause of death as a single gunshot wound.