Sheriff identifies man who was shot while dragging deputy
CAMDEN, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews has identified the two suspects involved in a traffic stop that resulted in one dead and a deputy injured.
Sheriff Matthews identified 26-year-old Melvin Lawhorn as the suspect who was shot and killed by a narcotics investigator. He was out on parole when he died.
Matthews says two of his deputies were making the stop around 8:45 p.m. on Stagecoach Road after an investigation led them to believe a large amount of drugs were being transported in the pickup.
Matthews says as the two deputies began to talk to the truck's occupants, Lawhorn, who was a passenger, leapt over the driver and pressed down on the vehicle's accelerator.
The deputy was hit by the truck and dragged down the road about 120 feet, but Matthews says the officer managed to shoot Lawhorn.
The deputy was taken to an area hospital with torn ligaments in his leg. Matthews says the deputy even has tire marks from his ankle to his hip.
When deputies caught up with the pickup down the road, Sheriff Matthews says Lawhorn was found dead inside with his foot still on the accelerator.
Sheriff Matthews identified the driver as 52-year-old Darryl Herbert of Camden. He is charged with failure to stop for a blue light and driving under the influence. At the time of his arrest, Sheriff Matthews says he was out on bond for a drug violation.
The State Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were called to aid in the investigation.
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