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Teen to be charged in Aiken police officer's death

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Stephon Morrell Carter (Source: SLED) Stephon Morrell Carter (Source: SLED)
Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson (Source: Aiken DPS) Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson (Source: Aiken DPS)
Officer Travis Griffin (Source: Aiken DPS) Officer Travis Griffin (Source: Aiken DPS)

AIKEN, SC (WIS) - State police say they will arrest a 19-year-old Aiken man when he is released from the hospital and charge him in the shooting death of Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.   

SLED has obtained warrants for the arrest of Stephon Morrell Carter. He is still in a hospital in Augusta, Ga., but will be arrested upon his release.

According to an arrest warrant, Carter killed the 33-year-old officer in a shootout Tuesday night after a traffic stop at an apartment complex in Aiken. Carter is also accused of shooting 28-year-old Officer Travis Griffin.

Griffin was treated and released after a bullet-proof vest prevented serious injury. Police said he is bruised, but doing well while resting at home with family.

Carter was wounded during the shootout and was taken to the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Once Carter is released, he will be booked into the Richmond County Detention Center and await extradition back to South Carolina.

Aiken DPS Lt. David Turno said Richardson, who lived in Columbia, had been with the department since 1999. He was married and had 3 young children.

Richardson and his wife were in the process of trying to sell their house near Bush River Road. and Interstate 26 in hopes of moving closer to Aiken. He sometimes stayed with family in Aiken when he worked late.

"Master PSO Richardson was a beloved husband and proud father," said Turno. "His constant smile was a pleasant sight at this office and to all those who knew him."

Richardson had been with Aiken Public Safety for over 12 years.

Neighbors had nothing but kind things to say about Richardson. They spoke mostly of how kind and generous he was as a friend and father of three young children.

Richardson would volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and muscular dystrophy charities.

The last time the Aiken Public Safety Department lost an officer in the line of duty was in 1950.

In a statement, the Richardson family expressed gratitude from the entire Aiken community for their support.

"One can never be prepared for a tragedy like this, but it is comforting to know that Scotty was loved and respected by so many people," read the statement.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27, at noon at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center. After a procession through downtown Aiken, burial will follow in Historic Bethany Cemetery.

Members of the community who would like to show their respects are asked to line the route at any point from USC-A to Bethany Cemetery. The route will take the southbound lane of Laurens St. going north on Laurens to about Barnwell Av. so the casket can be transferred to a caisson for the final few blocks of the route. Officers will be walking behind the caisson with family and others in vehicles.

Citizens should expect traffic delays in the downtown area following the service until late afternoon on Tuesday. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Shellhouse - Rivers Funeral Home on East Pine Log Road in Aiken. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Edward Scott Richardson Children's Fund, Savannah River Banking Co, 407 Silver Bluff Road, SW, Aiken, SC 29803

For more details about Officer Richardson's funeral arrangements, click here.

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