COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Three suspects will be charged with attempted murder following a bank robbery that led to two chases in northeast Columbia Thursday afternoon, according to officials with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The robbery happened shortly after 11 a.m. at the AllSouth Federal Credit Union on Roberts Branch Parkway near Killian Road and Interstate 77, a spokeswoman with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.
RCSD said when they responded to the bank, deputies chased the suspects for a short time until the suspects made their way into a subdivision, stopped in a cul-de-sac. At that point, three suspects got out of the car and fired at Deputy Chris Duke and Deputy Ryan McAdams.
Nearby Longleaf Middle School was placed on lockout at that point as deputies set up a perimeter to try to locate the suspects.
The lockout at Longleaf Middle School was lifted around 12:20 p.m., school officials said. Despite rumors of an active shooter on the school’s campus, the lockout was related to this robbery.
Police say the suspects ran one street over, got into another car, and led deputies on another chase that ended in the 9400 block of Wilson Boulevard, about two miles west of the bank. Deputies were able to use a “pit” maneuver to stop the second vehicle at that point.
“The bank robbers were running cars off the road,” said Sheriff Leon Lott. “They’d already caused one wreck. They’d already shot at us. We had to stop this chase.”
Deputies took three suspects into custody following a short chase on foot.
One suspect suffered a gunshot wound in his thigh and in his calf. He was sent to a local hospital to receive medical attention and has since been released.
Following the chase, deputies found a bag of money and three pistols.
“We’re very fortunate that our deputies did not get killed today,” said Sheriff Lott. “Again, it was not because these bad guys didn’t try to do it. There’s no doubt what there intent was when they tried to turn around and they started shooting at our deputies. Their intent was to kill them.”
Sheriff Lott said each of the three suspects will be charged with attempted murder in addition to the bank robbery.
They have been identified as 26-year-old Devanta Boyd, 26-year-old Devin Mincey, and 19-year-old Daniel Williams.
RCSD is continuing to investigate this incident.