Three arrested in deputy shooting

AIKEN --- Two Aiken County teenagers and a 19-year-old man, accused of shooting at a sheriff's deputy on Dec. 1 during a pursuit in Langley, have been arrested.

 

Police, however, are still looking for a fourth suspect.

Michael A. Young, 16, of Jackson, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by a Richmond County sheriff's deputy at Hephzibah High School, where he is a student.

Mr. Young is awaiting extradition to South Carolina and has been charged with assault with intent to kill, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

According to a statement from the sheriff's office, Mr. Young, also known as Michael Trim, is already charged as an adult in a Nov. 25 burglary.

The sheriff's office has Mr. Young's last known address listed as Jackson.

"It's our understanding that after the (shooting) incident occurred, the day after, he was enrolled at Hephzibah High School by his mother," said Lt. Michael Frank, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

On Thursday morning, two more suspects surrendered to authorities at the sheriff's office.

Reggie L. Gaines, 19, of Aiken, is charged with assault with intent to kill and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Kennard Thomas, 17, of New Ellenton, is charged with assault with intent to kill.

On Dec. 14 the sheriff's office arrested Cordell Samuels, 18, of Jackson, at Silver Bluff High School, where he is a student. Mr. Samuels is charged with assault with intent to kill.

The sheriff's office is still looking for Keith Williams, 18, of Aiken. He is being sought on an arrest warrant on for assault with intent to kill and failure to stop for blue light and siren.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

According to reports, a sheriff's deputy pulled over a gold 2001 Buick Century at South Carolina Highway 421 and Huber Clay Road in Langley for failing to stop at a stop sign.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, it sped off, nearly hitting him, authorities say.

As the deputy pursued the vehicle, three shots were fired at the deputy from the passenger window, police said.

The pursuit continued to Foreman Floyd Circle in Aiken, where police say the five occupants jumped out of the car and ran.

Anyone with information on Mr. Williams' whereabouts is asked to call (800) 922-9709.

Reach Michelle Guffey at (803) 648-1395, ext. 110, or michelle.guffey@augustachronicle.com