CRIME REPORTS - 3/4/2021


Teen struck in city shooting 


A teenager was shot in a recent shooting that occurred in Walterboro. 

According to information provided by Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy, fire-rescue personnel were called to 903 N. Lemacks Street in Walterboro on Thursday, Feb. 25. 

The victim, who is believed to be a 16-year-old teenage boy, was taken to Colleton Medical Center by a private vehicle. His injuries were not life-threatening. Since the victim is a juvenile, his identity will be withheld. However, it is unclear why the shooting occurred. 

The Walterboro Police Department is investigating, and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is assisting them with that investigation. 

In other Colleton County crime news: 

While investigating a report of shots being fired, deputies discovered a man who had also allegedly exposed himself to someone in a separate incident.

According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a rural Colleton County house on Feb. 22 to a complaint of someone discharging a firearm. Once at the residence, deputies discovered that the complainant was also wanted for allegedly exposing himself to someone. Deputies on scene also found several rounds from a .22-caliber shotgun. 

No arrests have yet been made, as the investigation continues. 

Man beats wife, prevents her from calling for help 

A Ruffin man is wanted for assaulting his wife and for taking her car keys and phone to prevent her from calling for help. Deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were called to a Ruffin residence on Feb. 21 when the female victim said her husband punched her in the face repeatedly. When she tried to run, the man allegedly dragged her by her hair, a sheriff’s office incident report states. 

The man is also accused of taking the woman’s cell phone and her car keys, preventing her from leaving or from calling for help. The woman told deputies that she was trying to leave with her child when the violence started. The man also allegedly pointed a gun at the woman and threatened to kill her, the report states.  

The man fled the scene before law enforcement officers arrived. However, officers documented the evidence against the man, including pictures of the victim’s bruises. 

According to the report, he will be charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, pointing and presenting firearms at a person and receiving stolen goods. 

Club security guard calls cops when patron has gun 

Officers were called to a Colleton County nightclub recently when a bouncer at that club found a gun. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to the Hangtime Club in Walterboro on Feb. 20. While patting down a 36-year-old man who was trying to enter the club, a security guard for the club found the gun on the man. The security guard called the sheriff’s office, and the man was charged with the unlawful carrying of a handgun. The gun was seized by law enforcement officers. 

Speeding driver has no license

Deputies stopped a vehicle in Walterboro on Feb. 22 when the driver was speeding. Ultimately, deputies learned the driver did not have a valid driver’s license because it had been suspended five years ago. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the deputy stopped the driver of the vehicle for speeding: the man was traveling 46 mph in a 30-mph-zone near Cleveland Street and Jared Street in Walterboro. The driver admitted his license was suspended. He was given a speeding ticket and was cited for Driving Under Suspension. The man waited for a friend to come pick him up and his vehicle, the report states. 

Tools taken in burglary 

Deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were called to a Poplar Street house in Walterboro on Feb. 22 for a possible burglary. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the victim called to report that someone had stolen several power tools from his house. The theft occurred over the weekend, the report states. The incident is being investigated.


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