Family suspicious of loved one's death after officer-involved shooting

By Jody Barr - bio | email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - A Norway man died after a Midlands police officer gunned him down late Thursday afternoon.

It happened on Highway 70 and Good Hope Road between Norway and Denmark in Orangeburg County.

WIS News 10's Jody Barr spoke with the victim's family who are also searching for answers.

He was 50-years-old. Now Warren Robinson is dead after two Denmark police officer's bullets hit him late Thursday afternoon.

Robinson was heading back home to Norway when he encountered Denmark Officer Horace Brunson on Good Hope Road. SLED said Brunson shot Robinson but won't say why or how it happened.

Skid marks, broken glass and pieces of car parts could be seen Friday and are the only clues left. "We are very concerned and very suspicious about what happened because we feel that we should have been told what happened by now. We should have been told something," said Shonesha Washington.

There were no answers Friday as Robinson's wife, Katherine, and nieces Yolanda Robinson and Shonesha Washington prepare to bury their loved one. "They said, 'Yes, he's dead.' And that's from the coroner coming out to tell us," said Washington. "But, as far as hearing anything from law enforcement, we've heard nothing. We have not been contacted by them. And with us calling, only thing we can get is that SLED's handling it and that's that."

SLED got a call from the Orangeburg County Sheriff Thursday to investigate the shooting and what led up to it.

Denmark Police, the Orangeburg County sheriff, and SLED all declined to comment on the investigation Friday. None of the agencies will say why Brunson was out of the city limits or what Robinson might have done to lead up to the shooting.

Robinson's family met the coroner at the morgue Friday to get a look at his body and the shots that killed him. "But, I mean we were looking at his body, that he was shot in his arm and in the back of the head," said Yolanda.

The injuries, according to the family, have made them even more suspicious. "The front would say, at least say that maybe he was posing a threat," said Washington. "But the back of the head says that he didn't even see it coming."

The Denmark officer is on administrative leave and will remain on leave until SLED closes the investigation.

WIS News 10 doesn't have word yet on how long it may take agents to finish their investigation.

Robinson's funeral plans are still being worked out.

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