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Officer Shot During Confrontation With Suspect

Officer Shot During Confrontation With Suspect

Associated Press

July 14, 2011

CLINTON, S.C. — A Laurens County deputy was shot and killed and a suspect was wounded and taken into custody in Clinton.

Deputy Roger Rice was shot shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday during a confrontation as officers conducted a homicide investigation, Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain said. Deputies had been called to the home to assist in an investigation of a killing in nearby Fountain Inn.

The suspect opened fire, hitting Rice and another person in the home, Chastain said.

Rice was taken to Laurens County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies returned fire and injured Bennie Ray Brown, Jr., who was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for treatment. Chastain said Brown’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Chastain said Brown had been arrested on a criminal domestic violence charge in June. He was out on bond on that charge.

The other wounded person’s injuries were not considered serious, the sheriff said.

Deputy Rice was from Gray Court, was in his late 20s and was married with two young children, Chastain said. He graduated from the Criminal Justice Academy about six months ago, having previously been assigned to the county jail.

“He was at the detention center, but he wanted to be on the road. He wanted to answer those calls. So he was definitely doing what he loved to do”, Chastain said.

Chastain said Rice had been at the office most of that morning obtaining warrants, then went home to get some sleep and came back at 5 p.m. to start to working.

“We have pain. It’s a brotherhood, a sisterhood. You’re family,” he said. “You get to the point that they are literally your family and you don’t want anything to happen to them.”


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    mitrocop

    about 3 years ago

    402 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Dep Rice..
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May swift justice be brought upon this perp who has no regard for life -- which is what he should pay for with his own, once the courts are done with him.

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    sgtlaflower

    about 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother Rice, we'll take it from here !

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    alex82

    about 3 years ago

    2768 Comments

    Rest in Peace !! Condolences to your family and friends !

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    about 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    RIP Deputy Rice... You are a TRUE HERO

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    josuez43

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    May God be with your family and your friends thank you for risking your life your us civilians my God bless your family

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    BIG1

    about 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    Test in Peace Rice!!

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    s3sk

    about 3 years ago

    3308 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Rice

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    joel45acp

    about 3 years ago

    204 Comments

    We got it from here Bro. Rest easy and say Hello to our brothers and sisters up there.

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    Jonas

    about 3 years ago

    43638 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Rice. You are a hero we will never forget.

    Too bad the murderer was only injured.

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    canemah

    about 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    Rest in peace, Officer Rice. My condolences to your family.

    May the shooter rot in whatever hell he fears most.

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    USLawman1983

    about 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    My sincere thoughts and prayers to Deputy Rice's family, friends, neighbors and agency.
    Another terrible loss for the good guys.

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    rsironron

    about 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Rest in peace, Deputy Rice.

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    422 Comments

    RIP Deputy Rice...the numbers keep rising...continue to pray folks, we never know

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    51032 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Rice.

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