Sheriff: Man involved in standoff wanted in Newberry Co. murder

Sheriff: Man involved in standoff wanted in Newberry Co. murder

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A standoff with a homicide suspect that took place near Broad River Road and Piney Grove Road Thursday ended after the suspect took his own life.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said a man who was wanted in connection with a Newberry County homicide last week died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the man as Keon Omari Kelly, 21, of Columbia.

Lott said Kelly held his brother at gunpoint inside a home in the 1200 block of Cactus Avenue, was connected to a home invasion and murder on July 29 in Newberry County.

Deputies were able to negotiate with Kelly and he later released his brother.

Lott said law enforcement continued to negotiate with Kelly, but he eventually cut off negotiations.

After shooting tear gas into the apartment, deputies reported hearing a muffled noise coming from the residence. Deputies later discovered and found Kelly upstairs with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies went to the home Thursday afternoon after a warrant was issued for Kelly's arrest.

No deputies fired their service weapons during the standoff, Lott said.

On July 29, Newberry County deputies were called to a home in Little Mountain and discovered Ronnion Danyell Barron, 32, dead from a gunshot wound to a head.

Two people were inside the home when they heard a knock at the door. When Barron pulled back the curtain over the door window, he was shot through the glass, deputies said.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said four people were wanted in connection with the deadly shooting. Two have been arrested and one is still on the run, Foster said.

Tyler Mckenzie Elkins, 21, and Jermaz James Dreher, 16, have been charged with murder, attempted murder and kidnapping.

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