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Aiken police officer killed

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 10:20 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 5:25 PM
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AIKEN -- One Aiken Public Safety policeman was killed and another wounded during a shootout late Tuesday.

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Investigators work the scene where two Aiken Public Safety officers were shot Tuesday at Paces Run Apartments.  Chris Thelen/Staff
Chris Thelen/Staff
Investigators work the scene where two Aiken Public Safety officers were shot Tuesday at Paces Run Apartments.


In a statement released this morning, officers said Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson, 33, had died from his wounds.

The second officer, Public Safety Officer Travis Griffin, 28, was treated and released after a bullet-proof vest prevented serious injury, police said.

Lt. David Turno said the shootings happened at 8:58 p.m. at Pace’s Run Apartments at Brandt Court and Camellia Street in Aiken.

The suspect, also taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, suffered a gunshot to the buttock, Lisa Hintz, assistant director for Aiken Rescue Inc. said.

The exchange of gunfire, totaling about 12 shots, was heard from the Aiken Rescue headquarters on Kershaw Street in downtown Aiken, Hintz said.

Turno said two other people are being questioned in the shooting, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

The South Carolina Law En­force­ment Division has been brought in to help, which Turno said is standard procedure for all officer shootings.

Turno also said the South Carolina Highway Patrol, North Augusta Public Safety Department and Aiken County Sheriff’s Office were answering calls for his department Tuesday night and this morning.

“They’ve taken over for the city tonight so we can take care of our own people,” Turno said.

Around 12:30 a.m., two Aiken Public Safety patrol cars arrived at the MCG Hospital emergency room entrance. Uniformed officers exited the cars and walked side-by-side up a ramp entering the hospital.

A few other law enforcement officers, some from Richmond County, who had been gathered outside the hospital for several hours, also entered. By 1 a.m., the scene in front of the emergency room entrance was quiet, but several Aiken and Richmond County patrol cars were still parked nearby. Ten minutes later, two more cars with Aiken Public Safety officers arrived.

With Tuesday’s shootings, three Augusta-area law enforcement officers have been shot in the past two months.

Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James Paugh was fatally shot Oct. 23 when he got into a gun battle with Army Spc. Christopher Michael Hodges on Bobby Jones Express­way. Paugh, 47, was riding his traffic enforcement motorcycle home from a special detail when he noticed a car parked off the road and decided to investigate. Witnesses said Hodges had fired rounds from a rifle at passing cars. Paugh was killed but still wounded Hodges, who later killed himself.

Police Statement

It is with profound sadness I must report to the Citizens of Aiken, Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson 33 has succumbed to the wounds he received when shot during a traffic stop in the City of Aiken on 12/20/2011 approximately 08:28P.M..  Master PSO Richardson was married and had three young children.  Master PSO Richardson was a graduate of South Aiken High and the University of South Carolina Aiken.  Master PSO Richardson began his career with Aiken Public Safety on 09/27/1999 as a Cadet and worked his way to a Driver Operator position and then became a Public Safety Officer on 02/14/2005.  Master PSO Richardson was a beloved husband and proud father.  His constant smile was a pleasant sight at this office and to all those who knew him. 

The State Law Enforcement Division has taken over the investigation into the shooting incident as standard protocol with an officer involved shooting.

A number of Law Enforcement Agencies have assisted us while we deal with our loss.   We are grateful for the help from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina Highway Patrol, North Augusta Public Safety, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Aiken County Solicitors Office.

Also shot during the incident was Public Safety Officer Travis Griffin 28.  Officer Griffin was shot in the chest and his bulletproof vest saved his life.  Officer Griffin was treated and released late Tuesday evening and is with his family.  Officer Griffin was also a University of South Carolina Aiken graduate and was hired by Aiken Public Safety on 11/09/2009.

The department will send another press release in Wednesday afternoon around 2P.M. with more details on MPSO Richardson’s career and accomplishments along with any funeral details we may have at the time of our release.

 -- Lt. David Turno

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curly123053
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curly123053 12/21/11 - 09:43 am
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fftaz71, I agree with you

fftaz71, I agree with you that respect and discipline begin at home in the early years before school. By the time I went6 into the 1st grade I knew there would be consequences if I misbehaved or talked back to a teacher or any adult. I knew if I got in trouble at school I would be in worse trouble when I got home and the teacher called my mom and dad. And Lord helped me if I ever tried to punch a teacher like what we have been hearing with these tribunals. Back then I would have never made it to a tribunal alive. It is called discipline! Does anyone still preach discipline at home? For all the times I got disciplined at home back in thr 60's and early 70's, today my parents would be in jail for the discipline they rendered. But today I am doing fine in my 50's. I do not suffer from low self-esteem from being disciplined like the psychologists are saying happens. We need to go back to old fashioned discipline!

soldout
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soldout 12/21/11 - 09:52 am
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May his family be blessed

May his family be blessed with peace and comfort during this time. To stop these type of events people have to respect God and His son Jesus before there is respect for people. We can't teach people they came from animals instead of a loving creator and expect them not to act like animals. We can't have a political party that celebrates the killing of unborn babies and expect there to be respect for life. There is no freedom in Godless nations and that seems to be the goal of society. There is an easy fix for all of this and it is called humbling ourselves and turning to God. Without Him there is no right or wrong. Life is just sowing and reaping and the quality of this nations crops is getting worst year by year. We need a God movement not a green movement. The earth is holding up fine but the non-Christian folks walking around on it aren't doing too well. Some say a depression and a revival will help and the depression is well on it's way.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/21/11 - 10:00 am
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This just makes me so angry
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This just makes me so angry that I can't sum up the words. Sight unseen, I wager I can give you the background of this piece of human debris.

As BJ so succinctly puts it, some people just need killing. This is one of them. Too bad the officer didn't aim a little higher and put it through his sorry spine instead of his rump.

My condolences to the family and I hope the community embraces them in this sad time just like we did JD.

robocop
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robocop 12/21/11 - 10:17 am
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As a retired, (disabled),

As a retired, (disabled), Police Officer from Greenville, SC I am very saddened by the news that I have lost another Brother. Officer Richardson and his immediate and extended family who wear the badge are in my prayers. Yes we have lost over 150 brother and sister Officers this year, the same amount as last year which was a heavy year. The very scary part is that unlike in the past my brothers are not being killed in accidents as much, they are now being shot and killed or intentionally ambushed and murdered! We cannot keep you safe alone, we need YOUR help as well so if you see or know of criminal activity, call us or talk to us and help us help you. God Bless the Richardson family

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 12/21/11 - 10:16 am
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The power of authority has

The power of authority has been ebbing for at least 60 years. The initial retreat involving civil rights was justified. That which has taken hold in the last 45 in the domiciles, the schools, the workplace, the courts and the prisons is rooted in a narrow selfishness, is unjustified and is malignant. Are there enough men and women, not full-grown males and females, to turn this tide?

We're going to find out.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 12/21/11 - 10:43 am
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How sad for this family. How

How sad for this family. How horrible for these kids.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/21/11 - 10:49 am
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No words can express my

No words can express my sorrow over this horrific tragedy. Officer please know that our hearts and prayers are with your family at this time and in the days to come..

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/21/11 - 11:06 am
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What a horrible tragedy - my

What a horrible tragedy - my hearfelt condolences to the Richardson family - what can one say in this hour of sadness - may God give you the strength to carry on. I am so terribly sorry!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/21/11 - 12:04 pm
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Gangbangers..........complete
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Gangbangers..........complete moral flatliners with absolutely no fear of man nor God. Pure beasts with absolutely no sense of mercy or human warmth.

A nice swift injection of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride is too gentle and humane for these wretches. They need to be dropped out of a plane into the middle of the polar ice cap wearing nothing but their bling and their baggy pants and left to fend for themselves.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/21/11 - 04:07 pm
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"And so this is
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"And so this is Christmas...........", in the words of a well known song.

Not for some people.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/21/11 - 12:19 pm
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"killed and another wounded"

"killed and another wounded" So sad, So Sad!

Then this statement......."The suspect, also taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, suffered a gunshot to the buttock,"

Should Have Read

"The suspect was shot numerous times and taken to the city dump"

1. suffered a gunshot to the buttock = justice for another dead and wounded American police officers.

2. Another scum of our land = another unnecessary expense to the American Tax Payer's Credit Card.

My feelings for the police officers families involved. May you receive some justice for the lose and pain of these great Americans.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/21/11 - 12:21 pm
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R.I.P. Officer Richardson and
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R.I.P. Officer Richardson and thank you for your service!

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 12/21/11 - 12:30 pm
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My condolences also go out to

My condolences also go out to a society that accepts the status quo,
thinking more hand wringing, tears and prayers will solve the situation we find ourselves in.......

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/21/11 - 12:32 pm
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FHLC, the solution is simple;
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FHLC, the solution is simple; we just don't have the political fortitude to accomplish it.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/21/11 - 12:50 pm
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itsantherday.....yes simple.

itsantherday.....yes simple. "AN EYE FOR AN EYE"

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eagle 12/21/11 - 01:43 pm
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First of all..robo, thanks
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First of all..robo, thanks for your service. Curly, you are so right. What was parental discipline in the 50's-60's would now be teemed as abuse. We learned respect for our elders and law enforcement at an early age and it still holds true for me.

That said, the senseless killing of this officer angers me to no end. I have absolutely no sympathy/compassion for any person who shoots a cop! Find them, find them guilty, and either fire them up or give them the needle asap. Period. They will never kill again!!!

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firstamendment23 12/21/11 - 02:27 pm
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Thanks to all the men and

Thanks to all the men and women in uniform who risk their lives everyday to keep the public safe. I just hope this suspect wasn't a previously convicted criminal released by the court system. Maybe future news releases will let us know the details behind the incident.

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chasity26 12/21/11 - 03:54 pm
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My heart and prayers go out

My heart and prayers go out to this family in a time like this, I couldnt imagine having to go through something like this at a time like this...You and your family will be in my prayers..Sorry for your loss

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 12/21/11 - 07:56 pm
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Tragic waste of a good guy.

Tragic waste of a good guy.

KSL
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KSL 12/21/11 - 08:23 pm
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A message to the criminal

A message to the criminal element amongst us needs to be sent. The pendulum needs to swing back to the side of law and order and no bleeding heart stuff over the poorly reared.

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blakie 12/22/11 - 07:53 pm
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Instead of Cable TV,Free

Instead of Cable TV,Free Medical care and a Free education....we need labor camps. Hard labor for these worthless beings. Why are these worthless beings even carrying a gun around if they aren't planning on using it. Hard labor is needed. This country masks the true problems. We need a death penalty with immediate results. It seems that prisoners and people that do so much wrong...somehow...always have all the rights and the innocent have no choice. Stop birthing 4 and 5 babies for non working moms that spend their welfare checks at the Mall. Wouldn't it be great if a hospital could actually turn them away. We have no deterent to crime or criminalsm nor do we have a system to get these problems under control. I would love the opportunity to say where my tax dollars go. Do something America. Change our Justice system. Handle these problems so the innocent hard working people can sleep at night.

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