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Deputy Dennis Compton Shot Dead In SC: Manhunt Underway

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  1. Inspector

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    Reports this morning say a deputy sheriff has been killed in South Carolina. A manhunt is underway.

    SMOAKS, SC (AP) - A Colleton County sheriff's deputy has died after he was shot during an early morning incident, and deputies were searching for a suspect. Sheriff George Malone told The Post and Courier of Charleston that Deputy Dennis Compton died shortly after the incident at around 3am Wednesday near Smoaks.
    Details of the shooting were not immediately available.
    Deputies have closed a road near state Highway 61 and were searching woods near a one-story house on Sunflower Drive for a suspect.
    The newspaper also reported deputies were stopping traffic and searching cars. A helicopter also circled the area.

  2. Inspector

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    The body of Colleton County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Compton was found at about 3 a.m. by the son of the owners of the home, which was empty at the time. Compton, 39, had gone to the house after an alarm there went off. A few minutes later, the homeowners' son _ called to the home by the alarm company _ used the slain officer's radio to report Compton had been shot, said Sheriff George Malone.
    Malone said it was unclear whether Compton fired his own weapon, or if more than one suspect was involved.
  3. Inspector

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    39-year-old Colleton Co. Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Compton had been on the job just 16 months when he was killed this morning in a shooting. Photo By: Colleton Co. Sheriff's Office
  4. kwflatbed

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    Widow of slain deputy pleads for information

    By Andy Paras
    The Post and Courier

    WALTERBORO, S.C. — Tabatha Compton pleaded through tears Wednesday for someone, anyone, to come forward with information about who shot and killed her husband, Colleton County Deputy Dennis Compton, nearly a month ago.
    "I would just like to say that my family and I plead with anybody who might have any information, whether it's small or large, to please come forward in the killing of my husband and the father of my children," she said, shortly before sobbing and embracing a friend.
    Compton appeared at a press conference in which authorities, after exhausting more than 300 leads, announced that the reward money has grown from $10,000 to $25,000. They also said a T-shirt found about a half-mile from the crime scene may or may not be evidence.
    The 39-year-old deputy was shot around 3 a.m. on Aug. 6 while responding to a burglar alarm at 699 Sunflower Drive near Smoaks. No one was home at the time, but the alarm company called the homeowner's son, who arrived about 20 minutes later and found the deputy in the front yard. He used the deputy's radio to call for help.
    Scores of law enforcement officers immediately converged on the area, about 20 miles from Walterboro, searching cars and combing the woods, looking for evidence.
    State Law Enforcement Division Capt. Roger Heaton said they found a T-shirt about a half-mile away from the house on Sunflower Drive.
    The medium-size T-shirt says, together in black and white letters, "It's nice to Meet you. You realLY seem like an interestING person." The white letters spell out, "I'M LYING."
    Heaton asked anyone who knows whose shirt it is to contact investigators. "We're absolutely not sure if it's a piece of evidence, but what we would ask is, if for some reason this was your T-shirt and you threw it out on the side of the road at some point in time, please contact the investigators and let us know so we can eliminate this and not have to deal with it."
    Heaton also disclosed that a sheriff's substation located a couple of miles from the scene had been burglarized within three or four days of the shooting but that he didn't know if it was related to the case. Deputies don't visit the substation on a daily basis, and the break-in was discovered after the shooting. Heaton said he couldn't recall any of the items that were taken.
    In all, investigators have collected more than 190 pieces of evidence and amassed more than 5,000 man hours in hopes of making an arrest. Heaton said they have talked to dozens of "persons of interest" but so far no one has been arrested in connection with this case. Authorities said "persons of interest" taken into custody Aug. 6 were questioned but were not labeled as suspects.
    They hope an extra $15,000 in reward money will jar some memories. Two representatives from the National Police Defense Foundation in Morganville, N.J., traveled to Walterboro and pledged $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects.
    The 100,000-strong organization provides money in officer deaths because, "We will not tolerate the increased onslaught on our police," Executive Director Joseph Occhipinti said.
    "We're talking about a significant amount of money," Occhipinti said. "We'll pay you cash, no questions asked. Come up with the information, help law enforcement and do the right thing."
    The local law firm of Hetrick, Harvin & Bonds threw in an additional $5,000 reward and "challenged" other Walterboro and Colleton County businesses to also contribute.
    "These officers serve us," said John Hetrick. "They put their lives on the line. ... We owe the families and the sheriff's department and the other law enforcement officers our support to try and bring these people responsible to justice."

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  5. Inspector

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    WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Two people have been arrested and charged in the slaying of a sheriff's deputy who was gunned down while responding to an early morning burglary last month, authorities said Monday.
    Jacoby Jermaine Fields, 18, of Walterboro, and Travis Javon Harris, 19, of Smoaks, were charged with murder and first-degree burglary in the death of Colleton County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Compton.
    "We do believe we have the two individuals responsible," State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd told reporters.
    Compton, 39, was shot after responding to a burglary alarm early on the morning of Aug. 6 at a home near the rural community of Smoaks. Arrest warrants said he was shot in the stomach with a shotgun. The arrests were based on self-incriminating statements and other evidence, according to arrest warrants.
    Lloyd would not say who authorities think was the triggerman or where the suspects got the gun. He said no additional arrests are expected. The two are expected in court for a bond hearing Tuesday, and were likely to have attorneys appointed for them.
    Solicitor Isaac McDuffie Stone said there has been no decision on whether to seek the death penalty.
    The fallen deputy's widow, Tabatha Compton, fought back tears as she thanked the officers.
    "I'm very grateful for everybody's efforts and prayers. They have definitely been felt by myself and our family," she said. "These men and women are exhausted and they have spent endless hours away from their families and their loved ones to help bring justice to my family."
    Fields was arrested in 2006 for disorderly conduct and simple assault and sentenced to a day in jail. Earlier this year, he was fined and given two years probation on an unlawful weapons charge, arrest records show. Harris has no prior criminal record.

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