CRIME REPORTS: 9-22-2022


Drugs, gun found in car at local park

By Heather Ruppe

Illegal drugs and a gun were found inside a car that was parked at a local park last week. According to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was called to the King Street Community Park in Walterboro last week to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the park. When the deputy arrived, he found a vehicle that had been “recently shot up” during “multiple drive-by shootings,” according to an incident report filed with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. That report also states that the deputy repeatedly asked the driver to stick his hands out of the window, and if there were weapons in the car, to which the driver replied, “No,” the report states. However, the driver refused to get out of the car. Meanwhile, the deputy’s K9 partner did an air sniff around the vehicle and alerted the deputy to the rear passenger door of the vehicle. The deputy searched the vehicle and found a 4.0-caliber handgun. The deputy also found 8 grams of cocaine, 21 dosage units of a narcotic, believed to be fentanyl pills, the report states. The 34-year-old male driver is charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute schedule V Narcotics. The suspect is also charged with the unlawful carrying of a handgun.

The firearm was confiscated and taken into evidence, according to the report.

In other Colleton County crime news:

Drunk woman calls 911

A Colleton County woman called 911 last week at about 1:17 a.m. on Sept. 15th and said she needed law enforcement “before she turned up.” The woman was heavily intoxicated, a sheriff’s office report states. When the deputy arrived, she began using “loud and offensive and insulting language” about people who lived in the area, according to a deputy’s report in a sheriff’s office report. The woman then began using insulting language toward her mother, who lives int eh area. The woman was arrested for disturbing the peace..

Cars shot in owners’ driveways

Law enforcement officers were called to Poplar Street on Sept. 14th when the owner of a Ford Focus discovered that her vehicle had been shot. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman’s vehicle had a bullet hole in the trunk lid. That bullet ricocheted, going through the rear driver’s window, the report states. The deputy documented the bullet hole, and the woman called her insurance company. It is unclear why the car was struck with a bullet.

In a separate and unrelated report, another Colleton County resident woke up to discover that his car had also been shot. On Sept. 2nd, a deputy with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Hickory Street area of Walterboro when a man discovered that his vehicle had been shot. According to the victim, the victim was walking to his car to go to work when he noticed at least one bullet hole in his vehicle. The bullet hole was right below the car’s window. According to a sheriff’s office report, the projectile entered the door, entered the steering wheel cover and then the steering column. The victim told officers that he heard several gunshots during the night, but only discovered the bullets on his vehicle when he went to leave for work. There is no other information available about this shooting.