Deputies identify suspect in Graniteville fatal shooting

Clemente Roman Cruz
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Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10:12 AM EST
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GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Authorities have identified a suspect who’s being sought in connection with a Graniteville fatal shooting.

Investigators have obtained arrest warrants for 55-year-old Clemente Roman Cruz, of Graniteville, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Cruz is wanted on suspicion of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and grand larceny.

The charges stem from an investigation into the murder of Jairo Martinez, whose body was discovered Jan. 3 after deputies were called to 213 Ascauga Lake Road for a well-being check.

The homeowner told deputies his tenant was not coming to the door and had not been heard from.

When deputies went inside the home, they found a deceased man lying on the floor near the door with an apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Cruz drove away from the scene in a truck belonging to Martinez, according to deputies.

The truck was later found abandoned in the Columbia area.

Cruz is described as 4 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He should be considered as armed and dangerous, authorities said.

Anyone with information about him is urged to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811 or provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for any crime.

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