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Timmonsville first responder arrested after claiming to be victim of attempted murder

Richard Grooms (Florence County Detention Center) Richard Grooms (Florence County Detention Center)

TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A first responder for the Timmonsville Rescue Squad was arrested Thursday on allegations that he falsely claimed to be the victim of an attempted murder after a reported shooting took place at a Florence County cemetery.

Richard William Grooms, 58, was charged with filing a false police report and malicious injury to property, according to a press release from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Information from the Florence County Detention Center stated he was released Thursday on a $5,000 recognizance bond.

According to the FCSO, the alleged shooting happened on May 27 at the Byrd Cemetery on J. Albert Sims Street in Timmonsville. The suspect alleged that he was the victim of an attempted murder during which he was shot once in the shoulder.

Investigators alleged that Grooms’ gunshot wound was self-inflicted, and that he had earlier fired one round from a handgun into the windshield of the Timmonsville Rescue Squad vehicle to make it appear as if he had been shot from outside the vehicle, the release stated.

Co-workers of Grooms, who has worked for the rescue squad for over 20 years, previously said he was visiting a friend's grave site at the time of the incident.

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