4 Arrested, 1 Still at Large After Shooting at Trooper During High-Speed Chase
RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — Four suspects have been arrested, one still at large following a high speed chase through multiple counties, and a trooper involved shooting Friday night.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Paul Walker,20, Malik Juwan Gadist,20, Julius Hamilton Washington,26 are being held at the Alvin S Glenn Detention Center on armed robbery charges from Waxhaw, NC. Additional charges from the South Carolina Highway Patrol are forthcoming.
Lott said Sandra Ray Mack,27, has been arrested by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and charged with obstruction of justice, accessory after the fact of attempted murder, and accessory after the fact of armed robbery.
On Friday, just after 10:00p.m., Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies were notified of a high speed chase that the South Carolina Highway Patrol was involved in on Interstate I-77 South. Deputies were advised that the suspect vehicle, a silver Toyota Camry, was headed into Richland County and multiple shots were being fired from inside the vehicle during the chase.
Deputies said the suspect’s vehicle eventually crashed on a median off of Killian Road in Richland County where Walker, Gadist, Washington, and an unknown suspect then fled on foot. A handgun, along with numerous stolen cell phones and iPad devices were located inside the vehicle.
Lott said multiple agencies responded to the scene and quickly established a perimeter around the area. During the course of the search, Walker, Gadist, and Washington were apprehended. Investigators discovered that Mack assisted Gadist and Washington after the incident in an attempt to help them flee; they were taken into custody at the Comfort Inn hotel on Bush River Road.
Lott said that a fourth suspect caught at the hotel has now been determined to not be the fourth suspect. The Sheriff added that we are currently searching for him with very significant leads.
Lott also said that there are suspects in multiple armed robberies in S.C. and N.C., to include the Columbia area. Some very dangerous individuals were safely apprehended last night and this morning.
To receive up to $1000 for information about the crime or if you know the identity of the suspects, citizens are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: call 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.