Active search underway for suspect that triggered school lockdowns in Marion

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 10:29 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 7:03 PM EDT
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MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The Marion Police Department is still searching for the suspect who triggered a lockdown at two Marion schools Wednesday.

Police Chief Tony Flowers said officers looking for the suspects in an Amoco station shooting saw another suspect currently wanted by the Marion Police Department walking into a residence in the 700 block of Euclid Street.

Additional officers were quickly notified and a perimeter was set up around the home in hopes of capturing him. The suspect is also wanted for killing a man on James Court in Marion in June, Flowers said.

Flowers added that the department has been searching for the suspect for 11 months. He also explained the suspect previously said he would not go down without a fight and he would shoot anyone that attempted to arrest him.

Since the home is approximately 200 yards from Johnakin Middle School and half a mile from Marion High School, officials decided to put the schools on lockdown as students would potentially walk through the area when school was dismissed.

An assault rifle and a large amount of marijuana were recovered from the home on Euclid Street.

Some parents were worried about the communication from the schools regarding the lockdown.

“I was sitting out here at 3:15 when it was time for them to get out, and I was wondering what was going on,” said Telly Friday, a father of two Marion High School students. “An hour later, they finally called me and let me know it was a lockdown. I enjoyed they did the lockdown to keep the kids safe. I have no problem with that. But seem like they’d let me know ahead of time because was out here worried.”

WMBF News called and emailed the school district regarding the lockdown.

Dr. Kandace Bethea, the Marion County Superintendent provided the following statement:

“Law enforcement, staff and students did a great job with handling the matter especially as it was right before dismissal. We are thankful that all students were able to be dismissed home safely.”

The suspect was not apprehended Wednesday night and remains at large as of Thursday. Their name has not been released.

He has outstanding warrants for attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a firearm, possession of a weapon during the commission, discharging firearms into a dwelling, discharging firearms into a vehicle, and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person.

The Marion County Emergency Response Team as well as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division assisted with the situation.

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