BEAUFORT PD: MURDER BEING INVESTIGATED

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BEAUFORT POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:  MURDER BEING INVESTIGATED

At 4:53 p.m. on January 28, 2012 Beaufort Police Officers were called to a report of a gunshot
victim at 610 Adventure Street. Responding officers met with witnesses who reported hearing
gunshots and seeing the suspect leave the scene on foot. In the residence they found a 48 year
old man who had been fatally shot. Additional witnesses reported seeing a suspicious person
fitting the suspect’s description near some apartments in the 1900 block of Duke St. An officer
spotted the subject lying down in a wooded area behind the apartments and got in a foot
chase with him. The suspect was last seen in the area of an abandoned house. Beaufort Police,
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Port Royal Police units set up a containment perimeter
around the area. The suspect was thought to be hiding in the attic of the house. Beaufort
County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and K-9 units searched the house but the suspect was not located.

This is an active investigation and investigators have been working through the night
processing evidence and interviewing potential witnesses. The motive for the crime has
not been determined at this point but it is not believed to be a random act. Crime Scene
technicians from SLED responded to assist with the evidence collection at the scene. The
suspect is described as a tall African –American man with dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing
a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and jeans. Anyone with information regarding this case is requested
to call Investigator Carter at 322-7912 or the 24 hour dispatch office at 524-2777. This is all
of the information available at this time. Updates will be released as soon as new information
becomes available.

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