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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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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/20/11 - 11:29 pm
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God bless those two officers

God bless those two officers and their families and may they be healed and back home very soon.

blues550
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blues550 12/20/11 - 11:50 pm
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The assault on law
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The assault on law enforcementwas got to stop and now. Even if it means citiznes rising up and disposing of these animals. They do not need to see the inside of a jail.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/21/11 - 01:43 am
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Over 150 LEO's killed in the

Over 150 LEO's killed in the line of duty so far this year and many more injured. Three LEO's shot and others shot at (striking their cars)in our local area wihtin the past 2 months. As a society, we have many changes that are needed but one that needs to become front and center is the continued incarceration of violent or repeat offenders because our revolving door of justice is not working. The number of repeat offenders that murder others, including police officers is very high and in most cases they should have still been behind bars or put to death.

Prayers to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, these officers and to their families. Our area's law enforcement agencies have had a very tough year and we need to show them our full support in every way possible.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/21/11 - 12:32 am
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The 2 officers shot tonight

The 2 officers shot tonight were from the City of Aiken Public Safety. The previous post is correct as far as keeping these violent offenders behind bars. The courts show more sympathy on the incarcerated than the victims it seems to me. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's my feelings.

Mollymom
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Mollymom 12/21/11 - 01:32 am
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My prayers are with the

My prayers are with the families of the officers. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Sad to see the blue line attacked again this week. I live in Florida and on Sunday night in Lakeland Officer Arnulfo Crispin (LPD) was shot by a 19 year old. Tonight our community was told he was not going to survive his injuries. Our community will continue to pray for all of the blue and their families. Godspeed Officer Crispin!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/21/11 - 01:45 am
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Mollymom, sorry to hear what

Mollymom, sorry to hear what your community is going through as well. For those who care and wish to show their support to LEO's across America, they should visit http://www.odmp.org/

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/21/11 - 05:53 am
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I said many months ago that

I said many months ago that the same repeat offenders that terrorize the innocent citizens and are repeatedly given a slap on the wrist, are going to become so hardened and brazen, they will begin to shoot at our peace officers as well. Sadly, it seems that the laws are setting things up to open the revolving doors even wider in the near future. The justice system needs to keep violent offenders behind bars, or things are going to get much worse on the streets for everyone.

Ole School
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Ole School 12/21/11 - 06:43 am
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God be with his family , and

God be with his family , and us , for we are hurt in times like this.

blues550
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blues550 12/21/11 - 07:39 am
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Unbelievably sad.
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Unbelievably sad.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 12/21/11 - 07:40 am
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My prayers go out to the
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My prayers go out to the Richardson family.

travisp73
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travisp73 12/21/11 - 07:44 am
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If the justice system allows

If the justice system allows this piece of dung to live one day after he is found guilty then we are stepping backwards as a society.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/21/11 - 07:52 am
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Prayers to Scotty

Prayers to Scotty Richardson's family. This is so sad and senseless. My heart is especially with his wife and 3 young children, and right at Christmas too.

If convicted, the suspect should receive a speedy death sentence.

blues550
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blues550 12/21/11 - 08:23 am
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Just spitballing here but
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Just spitballing here but I'll say the killer has a lenghty record. Anybody want to speculate on race, God forbid.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 12/21/11 - 08:36 am
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Prayers for the family of
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Prayers for the family of Officer Richardson. May God give them comfort during this difficult time.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/21/11 - 08:45 am
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Heartbreaking. We can do so

Heartbreaking.

We can do so much better to support law enforcement by keeping dangerous felons off the street much, much longer once they are identified.

God bless this family...what an utter tragedy.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 12/21/11 - 09:01 am
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Prayers to Officer

Prayers to Officer Richardson's family, it is sad enough that his life was taken away but now his children will always have the reminder that Christmas time is the time they lost their father so it will never be the same for them again. I agree, no more slaps on the wrist, these repeat offenders need to be off the streets for good.

pmichelewade
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pmichelewade 12/21/11 - 09:02 am
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The Richardson Family is a

The Richardson Family is a long time friend of my ex-husband and I know this family well. My heart is broken knowing that Scotty is no longer with us. He is a great man. My thoughts and prayers go out to them as I just heard the news. May God put His loving arms around you all and comfort you all.

Reading the other comments I must say I agree with them the legal system is not doing their job. We have the officers out there risking their life for us and what do we do for them. They get the bad guys and the legal system lets them go. I have personal had a painful experience with this issue. We must pray for our legal system.

getalife
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getalife 12/21/11 - 09:05 am
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May God bless the Richardson

May God bless the Richardson family. This is so sad.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/21/11 - 09:10 am
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It will be interesting to

It will be interesting to find out more about the suspect. Whether he was a career criminal who should have still been in prison or a gang member. When I worked EMS in Aiken the Pace's Run Apts did not have a very positive reputation, much like Cherry Hill in Augusta. Only time will tell if this was simply a traffic stop where the car pulled into the complex or these thugs lived in there. 2 local officers gunned down in less than 2 months is not speaking well for our society today. Do we need more hard-nosed judges or what? The lack of respect we see for authority needs to be dealt with harshly.

madgerman
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madgerman 12/21/11 - 09:15 am
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A sad situation for the
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A sad situation for the family and the citizens of Aiken. But folks I sometimes wonder just how much we as people know about our legal system. A judges actions are dictated by the people we (voters) send to represent us. They are not given Carte Blanche to impose sentsnces regardless of the circumstances. Further, they have no authority to allow 20 -30 years of appeals for a death sentence. If you are unhappy with iur court system, maybe you should be a little more careful about who you vote for. I find it absolutely amazing how people can elect so many lawyers to represent them in the government without realizing that that segment has a direct interest in slowing or muddling our legal system. I would doubt that the crook who murdered this family man, will ever see a clinically safe and painless execution in my lifetime. I do however, expect to pay many thousands of dollars in taxes to prove his innocence.

curly123053
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curly123053 12/21/11 - 10:27 am
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The fact that there are way

The fact that there are way to many legislature-lawyers is why many of our laws lack common sense. These legislature-lawyers make sure the laws they pass include loopholes to allow them to "help" their clients beat the criminal justice system. I have been saying this for years and years. The legislature-lawyers are more concerned about the rights of the criminal than about the rights of the victim and the victim's survivors. The criminal justice system of the US is in disarray due to all the legislature-lawyers in office today.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 12/21/11 - 09:37 am
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Such a sad..sad day...my
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Such a sad..sad day...my heart is breaking for the Richardson family...

As for Scotty......he flies with Angels.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/21/11 - 10:01 am
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curly said... The lack of

curly said...
The lack of respect we see for authority needs to be dealt with harshly.

Amen....& this starts in grammar school----kids don't respect teachers-parents or the law...this has to CHANGE....when we let kids punch a teacher we create monsters......put our retired soldiers in the schools & let them do what we sorely need...stop sugar coating a growing problem....OUT OF CONTROL YOUNG.

erniereed
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erniereed 12/21/11 - 09:39 am
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This is a sad day for his

This is a sad day for his family members, especially when it is near X-Mas. I agree with everyone who stated that these futile criminals get a slap on the wrist for committing the same crimes ad nauseum. I have always stated that these violent criminals need to be put away for life or given the death penalty. Why do we as good citizens have to worry when we leave out of our house that we may not make it back to our homes because of these disrepectful criminals? The legal system has failed measurably over the last decades, and it will continue to fail us if we do not stop slapping these criminals with good deeds. Instead of feeding them in prison, lets feed them poison and get rid of them. I did an essay in college which, in turn, I was against the death penalty for taking a human's life, but now I am all for it. Convicted criminals have a good life in prison, they have cell phones, make phone calls, eat 3 meals, they can lave, watch T.V. for what. When they go to prison, they do not deserve anything but to crumble and think about the pain they have caused to good people. I am so sick of this nonsense, and I do not care what race you are, if you do the crime, you should be a man or woman and face the death penalty for your crime if it is severe enough to go forward. At the same time, I get very upset at lawyers who takes cases when the evidence clearly shows crimes being committed, I know this is a money driven society, just stating my point of views.

I feel so sorry for these children because their father will be absence for X-MAS. It is sad, 2012 probably will not be a good year for these children, either. It is time for everyone to tell your love ones, I love you everyday because you never know when they will hear the word LOVE again. To all Aiken County Officer, thank you for all you do, and have a Merry X-MAS.

Chillen
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Chillen 12/21/11 - 09:47 am
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What is going on in this

What is going on in this country?! Our policemen are under assault. It figures this happened at an apartment complex, Columbia County Commissioners, are you listening?!

God bless the Richardson family. Losing their father and husband at Christmas time will make for many years of sad Christmases in the future. How pitiful for his young children.

mc
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mc 12/21/11 - 09:56 am
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I like to say that I am proud

I like to say that I am proud to live in this area. If you have noticed that there are no bounderies. There's no city limit, county limit, or state limit as to what our police officers are doing. They have each others back, and their citizens. Now if we can get the court system to get everyones back, we'll be in better shape.

allhans
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allhans 12/21/11 - 10:00 am
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Can we use unmanned drones

Can we use unmanned drones rather than live bodies to go to the hot spots, and maybe save some good men.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/21/11 - 10:15 am
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My condolences to Officer

My condolences to Officer Richardson's family; may our Lord be with them, now, and forever.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 12/21/11 - 10:26 am
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Seenit: I agree that our

Seenit: I agree that our youth are largely out of control...however, the problem does NOT start in grammar school. It starts before school with the parents. By the time the kid is 5 or 6yrs old, he or she should have already learned basic respect. We cannot hold the schools accountable for what the parents wont do- the only function of schools is to provide an education.
To the family, friends and brothers/sisters of Officer Scotty Richardson, and to those here in Augusta who still feel the pain of losing JD Paugh, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, hold your heads up and while your jobs are inherently unsafe, I pray for your safety.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 12/21/11 - 10:40 am
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My condolences to Officer

My condolences to Officer Richardson's family, and all who are directly affected by his untimely loss. May God give the family and friends peace and heal their sorrows.

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