Lott: 'Crazy' crime spree ends with officer-involved shooting

Keylan Durham (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Keylan Durham (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One of the suspects involved in last week's officer-involved shooting at Brook Pines Apartments has been hit with three counts of attempted murder.

At a noon news conference,  Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the additional charges against 22-year-old Keylan Durham, who was wounded by officers in the Aug. 6 incident.

Durham has also been charged with shoplifting, carjacking, armed robbery, assault, kidnapping, and weapons possession.

"We have multiple crimes going on but the common denominator is Mr. Durham," said Lott.

Investigators says Durham and another suspect, 22-year-old Quentin Warner, were attempting to escape from CPD officers and Richland County deputies after a warrant was served against them in connection with a carjacking on Harbison Boulevard.

That's when the two men, officials say, hit a Columbia police officer with a car. Law enforcement agents at the scene opened fire on Durham's car and struck him.

Durham and the officer were both treated for their injuries and released. Warner, meanwhile, remains in the hospital and continues to recover from gunshot wounds. He has not yet been charged.

A third man, 21-year-old Devontae Xavier Bryant, who was arrested following a chase down Interstate 20 on Aug. 4, is charged with accessory to carjacking and failure to stop on police command.

"What we had was some individuals led by Mr. Durham who was just on crime spree," said Lott. "They were not going to stop until they were caught."

Lott said all three men had lengthy criminal backgrounds with charges including assault and battery and robbery. Warner and Durham were already on probation.

"They just went crazy out here in the communty," said Lott. "They were robbing, they were stealing, and they were not going to stop until they were put a stop to last Wednesday at Brook Pines Apartments."

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department took over the investigation into this incident since three law enforcement agencies -- CPD, RCSD, and SLED -- were all involved.

"LCSD is going to investigate the Columbia officer shooting and the SLED officer shooting and we're going to do our own and we will submit those findings to the Solicitors's Office," said Lott.

The investigation continues as these suspects are believed to possibly be tied to other crimes within the city, the county, and possibly other jurisdictions.

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