Shooting suspect apprehended
by The Press and Standard | July 19, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm
The 42-year-old Walterboro man wanted in connection with a Francis Street shooting on the afternoon of July 15 is in custody.
At about 2:50 p.m. on July 16, Colleton Dispatch Center received a 911 hang-up call about an argument between a boyfriend and his girlfriend at 368 Cleveland Street.
As deputies were arriving at the home, Walterboro Police Department got on the police band and informed the sheriff’s office that the home where deputies were headed was the residence of a man being sought by city police in connection with the July 15 shooting.
Once on scene, deputies learned that the boyfriend had barricaded himself and his girlfriend inside the residence. Negotiations led to the man to surrender to deputies after a 30-40 minute standoff.
The girlfriend sustained injuries in the altercation and was transported to the Emergency Department of Colleton Medical Center. Among the injuries was a gash on the woman’s head.
The boyfriend, Jermaine Salas White, 42, of Walterboro, was wanted on an attempted murder warrant filed by the city police department. He was transported to Colleton County Detention Center on the city’s warrant and is expected to face multiple charges in connection with the domestic incident and standoff with sheriff’s deputies.
The disturbance call that led law enforcement to White came a few hours after city police publicly disclosed that he was wanted in connection with the shooting. White allegedly shot a 24-year-old Walterboro man in the head, causing life-threatening injuries, on the 100 block of Francis Street at 3:43 p.m. on July 15.
City police officers arriving at the scene found the male victim leaning over in a blue chair and vomiting. An officer saw blood coming from the back of his head, approximately two inches behind his right ear, and signs of extreme swelling on his neck.
The victim was reportedly able to identify White as the shooter. A witness also allegedly verified the name of the assailant and reported that he fled in a brown car.
A spent shell was found approximately two feet to the right of the blue chair in which the victim was sitting when he was shot.
After the Walterboro Police Department made sure the area was secure, members of Colleton County Fire-Rescue began treating the gunshot victim.
Paramedics were informed that a medical helicopter was not available to transport the man. After stabilizing him, paramedics transported the man to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.
The man’s condition deteriorated while he was being transported.
Members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office arrived on Francis Street to provide crowd control and offer other assistance while city police handled the investigation and collection of evidence.