Man accused of shooting deputies was out of jail on bond

Published: Dec. 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2013 at 8:02 PM EST
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Christopher Reames (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)
Christopher Reames (Source: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)
Reames in court on Friday
Reames in court on Friday
(Source: Brett Buffington)
(Source: Brett Buffington)
(Source: Brett Buffington)
(Source: Brett Buffington)

LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Midlands man is in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center facing two attempted murder charges after authorities say he shot two deputies who were performing a traffic stop Thursday.    

Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon said Thursday this could have been tragic if not for the bullet proof vests the deputies were wearing.

Simon said Sgt. Leroy Durant was shot in the leg and Cpl. Shante Demary was shot in the abdomen. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and are expected to be ok.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. on Spring Hill Road when one of the deputies noticed the driver of a silver Mazda acting suspicious.

Simon said the suspect, who has been identified as 52-year-old Yahchanan Christopher Reames, was also shot in the arm during the incident. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.

Simon added that bulletproof vests likely saved the deputies' lives.

Simon said, after the shooting, investigators found drugs in Reames' car.

According to the Kershaw County's clerk's office, Reames is currently out on bond from a July arrest where he fought with Kershaw County traffic deputies during a stop. He is also charged with multiple drug counts from that stop. Reames is still awaiting trial. 

Simon said Reames has had multiple run-ins with the sheriff's office and one of the deputies injured responded to a call involving the suspect Wednesday.

Reames is currently in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center facing attempted murder and drug charges.

On Friday, Reames went before a judge for a bond hearing in Sumter County. At times Reames was very agitated during the hearing and even had to be escorted out at one point.

Due to the charges Reames is facing are more serious, another court date for his bond was set.

Authorities believe Reames may share the views of an extremist group known as the Sovereign Citizens' movement.

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