AIKEN -- Neighbors at Pace’s Run Apartments at Camellia and Brandt streets were still talking Wednesday morning about the shootout that killed one policeman and wounded another. A suspect was also wounded and is in custody.
Many didn’t know yet that one of the shots had killed Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson, 33, but they said they feared the worst when they heard shots about 9 p.m. Tuesday and saw an officer on the ground.
“It’s tragic,” said Jasmine Justice who lived one building down from the crime scene. “They were just doing their jobs.”
Justice had been in her apartment with her children when the shots were fired. She and her children sought the safety of the floor, she said.
Richardson and fellow Officer Travis Griffin had conducted a traffic stop at the entrance to the apartment complex when one of the vehicle’s occupants opened fire, authorities said.
Both were taken to the hospital where Richardson died as a result of his wounds. Griffin, who was shot in the chest, was saved because of his bullet proof vest, according to a police statement.
For hours after the shooting Justice said she couldn’t sleep, thinking about what had happened outside her window and that any other day her children could have been playing outside and become victims, themselves.
Neighbors who asked not to be named said they didn’t recognize the dark-colored vehicle inside the police tape Tuesday evening, but they didn’t think the suspect was a neighbor.