LCSD: Man dead after killing ex-wife, shooting Lexington County deputy in violent home invasion

Published: Sep. 6, 2023 at 7:20 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2023 at 11:29 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. – (WIS) Two people are dead and a deputy is injured following a violent overnight home invasion in Lexington County that left a nine-year-old boy without parents.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department says 39-year-old Jamal Walker came into the home of his ex-wife, Dominique Bolen Walker, around 1:30 Wednesday morning while their son was inside.

Investigators say that Walker shot Bolen Walker, 36, multiple times. She died inside the home, authorities said.

According to LCSD, Walker also shot a responding deputy, who had surgery Wednesday and is expected to recover.

The incident began in the 100 block of Prismatic Way in the Rocky Springs subdivision, which is near Rocky Creek Elementary School.

After shooting the deputy, Walker crashed through a garage door with his ex-wife’s car, and tried to drive off while shooting at law enforcement, LCSD says.

Deputies chased him for several miles.

At one point, State Highway Patrol officers deployed a tire deflation device, and Walker got out of the car and fired additional rounds.

Law enforcement officers shot at Walker multiple times and killed him in the 2900 block of Two Notch Road, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.

“Just a tough day, Lexington County needs prayers this morning,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a joint news conference with the Lexington Police Department Wednesday morning. “Obviously, there’s a family that will never be the same, we got a deputy that’s shot ... All of the officers involved, please pray. But, our hearts go out to that little [9-year-old] boy.”

Walker, from Columbia, and Bolen Walker, from Lexington, divorced in 2022.

“Recently, we’d been over to that residence, where the female resided, with some harassing phone call type reports, nothing that would indicate this level of violence.”

Koon added Walker has a criminal history in Florida from several years ago, but “nothing too serious.”

The son that the two share was unharmed, and is in the custody of his grandfather, Koon said.

Summer Adams, who lives nearby and heard some of the incident, said Bolen Walker was a good neighbor, but she did not know her well.

“I just feel so sad that I didn’t get a chance to get to know her yet,” she said. “She seemed really quiet and kept to herself. I didn’t know their situation at all. I’d really just see her, and we’d just kind of wave and smile across the street since we’re newer and we would say hi to her son that would just bike around the neighborhood so it’s just kind of shocking.”

Adams initially heard police arrive when her dog started barking.

A few moments later, she heard gunshots and she and her husband hit the ground in fear.

Adams, who is a mother, said her heart aches for Bolen Walker’s son.

“That poor sweet boy,” she said. “He’s so darling and he has all of his friends here and his school right there and I’m glad that his grandpa is taking care of him, but his whole world has just been turned upside down.”

The boy’s grandfather declined to comment to WIS on Wednesday.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the officer-involved, as is standard protocol.

Autopsies for both Jamal Walker and Dominique Walker will be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina on Friday morning.

Commuters saw closures on Two Notch Road between Smith Pond Road and Calks Ferry Road for most of the morning.

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