COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Authorities have arrested a man wanted in Minnesota for the murder of a woman and her child who traveled to South Carolina to kill his ex-girlfriend.
Richland County deputies received a call on Sunday from the Rochester Police Department in Minnesota who notified RCSD about 29-year-old Renard Carter who traveled to Columbia to kill a woman he previously dated.
According to authorities in Rochester, Carter previously killed his pregnant girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter.
Officials with RCSD located Carter’s ex-girlfriend and placed her in a safe house.
Carter was located in a room at the Aloft Hotel located on Lanneau Court on Sunday night. An arrest team went to apprehend Carter, but he made threats to shoot officers while inside the hotel room. Authorities tried to negotiate with Carter to get him out of the room, but Carter refused to cooperate and told officers he had a rifle.
Lott noted that Carter was broadcasting on Facebook Live during the incident. Lott said the department has that footage as well as body camera footage as well as part of the investigation.
“I’ve seen at least one bodycam and, pretty much, pretty clear on the shooting,” Lott said.
Lott said around 10:10 p.m., Carter came out of the room with the weapon in his hand. Carter was shot by two Lexington County deputies and a SLED agent before he was arrested.
Following the shooting, officers seized Carter’s weapon, which was a BB gun that looked like a rifle.
Carter was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. Lott said Carter is being guarded at the hospital and will be transported to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center once he is released. Carter will be extradited to Minnesota at a later date.
“This was a joint effort by all four agencies to locate him and arrest him for the crimes he committed in Minnesota,” Lott said. “Unfortunately, he chose not to go peacefully.”
At this point, Lott said Carter will not face charges in Richland County. However, he is facing murder charges filed by the Rochester Police Department.
Lott said there were about 15 officers from RCSD, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Columbia Police Department were all involved at the scene.
“We’re very fortunate that none of the officers were injured and that he was apprehended,” Lott said.
After the investigation ends, Lott said the report will be submitted to the Lexington County Solicitor for review to provide a ruling on if the shooting was justified.
Law enforcement and court documents show Carter is not new to the Midlands.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department sent WIS a booking report for Carter, showing an arrest on Jan. 22, 2019.
It shows deputies arrested him for violating a court protection order in the county.
Court records show that the case is still pending.
It’s unclear if that case is related to the warning Rochester Police sent to RCSD.
The booking report also shows a second arrest on Jan. 25, 2019 for LCSD to hold Carter for the Rochester Police Department.
The report ties Carter to a Lexington address but states he does not have an employer.