UPDATE: CPD arrests 'armed and dangerous’ suspect who shot at officers, stole truck from Harbison Walmart charged with attempted murder

Suspect arrested after firing at officers

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department has arrested an armed and dangerous man after he shot at officers and allegedly stole a truck late Tuesday night.

The incident happened at the Walmart located at the 300 block of Harbison Boulevard. CPD officials say Stanley Ray Lubkin is accused of stealing the vehicle and shooting at two CPD officers in the parking lot when they were investigating an incident.

The officers were not injured, officials said. Lubkin allegedly stole this Dodge Ram quad cab with a flat bed trailer to leave the scene. Lubkin was arrested Wednesday morning in Lexington County.

As a result, Stanley Lubkin (DOB: February 1988) is housed at the Lexington County Detention Center on the following CPD charges:

  • Attempted  Murder – Two Counts
  • Possession  of a Weapon during a Violent Crime
  • Possession  of a Weapon by Person Convicted of a Crime of Violence
  • Grand  Larceny of a Motor Vehicle

Lubkin was found and captured by Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies at approximately 3:00 a.m. on North Lake Drive. He was sleeping inside of a Dodge Ram that was stolen from Wal-Mart located at 360 Harbison Boulevard last night.

A CPD investigator was working as part of a holiday crime suppression effort when he spotted a vehicle, a white Escalade that was reported stolen from Lexington County at the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Lubkin and a female acquaintance, Mandy Johnson were initially identified as shoplifting suspects from the nearby Home Depot. It’s believed that the pair drove to the store in the stolen Escalade.

CPD officers detained Johnson, then arrested and charged her with possession of methamphetamine (field-tested positive for crystal meth) and possession of a schedule 4 narcotic (Alprazolam). She is also housed at the Lexington County Detention Center.

During that time, Lubkin was inside the Walmart and when he returned to the parking lot, officers saw him walking toward the Escalade and attempted to speak with him.

That’s when Lubkin allegedly pulled out a gun and ignored officers’ repeated verbal commands to get on the ground.

Instead, Lubkin ran away and during the foot chase the suspect allegedly fired his handgun, posing a threat to officers and citizens in the parking lot.

No one was injured as a result of the gunfire, and due to the immediate threat to public safety, CPD officers chose not to deploy their duty weapons at Lubkin. Instead, they continued to chase him on foot.

That’s when Lubkin hopped into the Dodge Ram in the parking lot and left the scene, only to be captured a few hours later in Lexington County. Lubkin` also faces separate charges in Lexington County.

According to online criminal records, Lubkin has had prior arrests in Orangeburg and may have been on probation at the time of the incident. He’s previously faced Grand Larceny, Domestic Violence, and drug charges.

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