RCSD deputies shot at while serving eviction in Columbia

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Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 10:00 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said a man has been arrested after shooting at two deputies Friday morning in Columbia.

At around 9:30 a.m., deputies served an eviction notice in the 2500 block of Gervais St. Sheriff Leon Lott said the deputies were there with the landlord and attempted to make contact. No one answered.

Lott said, “The only answer we got was a bullet through the door.”

When they attempted to open the front door a shot was fired from inside.

A nearby Columbia Police Department officer managed to detain the man as he left the home. The former resident was identified as Johnathon Anthony Dacey Ballard. Ballard is charged with three counts of attempted murder and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Captain Ransom Baxter and Deputy Darrell Benson were not injured in the incident. RCSD said they did not return fire.

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