COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Police have caught a man they believe is responsible for a shooting that killed two people and injured another in Columbia.
Demetrick Doctor, 46, faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
“Total disregard for human life,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “We’ve got people like the Doctors, his whole family has been known to all of us, been arrested numerous times. Here’s Demetrick now, who again has taken somebody else’s life, two people’s lives. These are the people we’ve got who live out here in our community and there’s one place they need to be, and that’s in prison”
Richland County deputies believe Doctor was involved in a shooting that happened Thursday night on Ballenton Road, off HardScrabble near I-77.
Christine Anne Hayes, 47, of Blythewood, and Justin Glenn, 24, of Columbia were killed in the shooting.
“I think one thing that we just have to realize is that we’ve got some evil people who live among us in the midlands of Columbia, one of them is Demetrick Doctor,” Sheriff Lott said.
Police said Doctor was arrested Saturday night by the RCSD Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals Service.
At a press conference on Monday, Sheriff Leon Lott said Doctor was no stranger to violence. He served twenty years for manslaughter before getting out in 2015.
“Hopefully, he’ll end up serving the rest of his life in prison,” Sheriff Lott said. “He already demonstrated in 1995 he doesn’t care, and now he’s gotten out and two more people are dead. Those are the people we need to keep in prison and we need to keep them in permanently.”
Sheriff Lott said Hayes and the third individual shot were not involved in the dispute, they just happened to be there. Investigators said the third individual is still in critical condition.
He also stated that Doctor and Glenn had a dispute over drugs a day or two before the shooting and the shooting was a retaliation to perceived threats.
Sheriff Lott said the number of murders is down in Richland County this year.
There have been 34 homicides so far this year in Richland County. 18 of those were in the City of Columbia, the other 16, including these two, in areas outside of Columbia.
However, Sheriff Lott said Richland County continues to struggle with shootings and violent crime. He that this past weekend alone shots were fired at three different clubs
Deputies will release more information about the case on Monday during a news conference at 2 p.m. Watch that live right here or on the WIS News Facebook page.