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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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    IowaNinersFan

    almost 3 years ago

    15148 Comments

    RIP Deputy Rice.

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    Fredder

    almost 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    Rest in Peace.

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    Robocop33

    almost 3 years ago

    14600 Comments

    RIP my Brother. May God watch over your family and friends. You will never be forgotten Deputy Rice and your name will be forever spoken with respect that a hero deserves.
    This is very close to home from where I lived and worked. Everyone up there is just heartsick over this.

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    martysmith204

    almost 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Rest in peace Deputy Rice, may God welcome you home with open arms and may He comfort the loved ones you have left behind.

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    CPD1407Sret

    almost 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    It's another sad day for law enforcement. Another brother in blue goes down. Rest in peace my brother!

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    chiefkcr

    almost 3 years ago

    3620 Comments

    RIP My Brother we have the watch now. GOD be with you and yours.

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    HIPCHIP

    almost 3 years ago

    182 Comments

    RIP Brother, and may the Lord take care of you and yours.

    And to the officer(s) who shot the DB, at $0.30 a round, go ahead and shoot all you want. The DB shouldn't be walking away in anything other than a body-bag!

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    Blueblood1974

    almost 3 years ago

    5192 Comments

    Sad and sad. RIP BROTHER!

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    crowfeeder

    almost 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    RIP Officer Rice. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Brothers stay safe out there. The bad guys are not holding back year.

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    KarenLee

    almost 3 years ago

    3856 Comments

    RIP Deputy Rice

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    ESederquist

    almost 3 years ago

    170 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    kimber4155

    almost 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    RIP...

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    Pammy

    almost 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    Heartfelt SYMPATHY to the Rice Family.

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    K9Sabre

    almost 3 years ago

    1344 Comments

    RIP Brother....swift justice to the perp

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