MARION, SC (WMBF) Only hours after responded to a fight at a Marion club, officers arrested a suspect now charged with murder in the shooting death of a Dillon man.
A press release from the City of Marion says that officers responded to Club Fuzion on US Highway 76 in Marion around 3:30 a.m. Sunday where 911 calls reported that a fight was in progress.
When officers arrived, around 30 individuals were roaming around the parking lot and told them someone had been shot.
The shooting victim, 23-year-old Rondale McEachin of Dillon, was found in front of the game room at Club Fuzion in the common parking lot shared by the club with other businesses.
Witnesses reported to police that McEachin was arguing with other individuals inside the club and were escorted to their cars where the argument escalated. The incident report then says McEachin was shot.
Managers of the club say Pompey sat in his vehicle which was parked outside of the SOV game room next door to the club. They say McEachin's vehicle was parked in the club parking lot.
The managers say McEachin refused to leave.
"We practically begged him to go to his car, but he didn't want to go to his car... We tried our best to usher him away but he wouldn't go, i'm sorry something like this had to happen," said Fred Israel, manager of Club Fuzion.
Officers with the City of Marion Police interviewed witnesses the following morning, which lead to the arrest of Jermaine Calvin Pompey
Pompey has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Rondale McEachin. He remains in custody at the Marion County Detention Center Monday awaiting a bond hearing.
A City of Marion Municipal Court clerk told WMBF News that Pompey will appear before a municipal court judge Monday, but bond will not be set until he appears before a circuit court judge. It is unknown when that court appearance will be scheduled.
"We thank the public for being forthcoming in this investigation," Marion Police Capt. Cindy Barr said Monday. "And we thank SLED for collaborating with us on this investigation. Those things expedited this investigation and arrest."