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Aiken officer killed in shooting

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 9:45 AM
Last updated Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 10:39 PM
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AIKEN — An Aiken police officer was shot Saturday morning and a suspect is in custody.

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Cpl. Sandra Rogers, a 27-year veteran of the force, died at a hospital.

A spokeswoman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division identified the suspect as Joshua Tremaine Jones, 26. His address and specific charges were not given.

He was arrested on Youman Street in Batesburg, S.C., and is now in the Aiken County custody, SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson said.

Lt. David Turno confirmed that one officer was shot at 7:30 a.m. and has been taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

The incident occurred near Eustis Park on Edgefield Avenue.

Officers at the scene say they were responding to a suspicious activity call in the park.

Responding officers heard gunshots and then saw the metallic blue BMW leaving the scene.

A neighbor said she heard three shots fired. The park has been sealed off.

Officers at the scene late Saturday morning said they haven’t gotten over last month’s fatal shooting of Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.

“It’s like a horrible nightmare playing over in front of us,” Sgt. Aaron Dowdy said. “I’m still wearing a Richardson band on my wrist.”

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/28/12 - 10:55 am
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Officers responded to a call

Officers responded to a call of suspicious persons at a park on Edgefield Avenue near Church Street. When they arrived, there were two vehicles in the park. A suspect in one vehicle fired on the officer.

At this time, the suspect is not in custody.

This trend is unacceptable. Having repeat violent offenders roam our streets is unacceptable as well and more MUST be done to solve the problems within the system.

My prayers and deeptest sympathies are with this officers family and the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

For those in other posts who continually say Law Enforcement is "just a job", I would continue to dispute that greatly.

allhans
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allhans 01/28/12 - 11:02 am
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Agreed, asitis

Agreed, asitis

constituent
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constituent 01/28/12 - 11:11 am
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I miss the part in this

I miss the part in this article about a repeat violent offender,did what?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/28/12 - 11:11 am
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The criminals are getting

The criminals are getting bold around there.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/28/12 - 11:14 am
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In the past I have been a

In the past I have been a little critical of some police officers with a Rambo attitude. Considering what they face these days, I will eat some crow. These criminal people on the streets are a ________ (you fill in that blank, I'm afraid my mouth will get me in trouble). It is pathetic what we've come to and I don't know how to fix it.

Prayers for this officer's speedy recovery and the quick apprehension and prosecution of the perp.

maddog
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maddog 01/28/12 - 11:35 am
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I don't doubt that some cops

I don't doubt that some cops have a bad attitude and abuse their authority. In that case you have your day in court, but you don't shoot them. I don't know anything about this officer, but I know that most are not bad, and do not abuse their authority, they have a job to do, and it's highly dangerous with low pay. They deserve our respect, not our shooting them. I hope and pray that this officer recovers, and the one that shot him is caught and put away.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 01/28/12 - 12:22 pm
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Yes, LEO's know and accept

Yes, LEO's know and accept the fact that they may not come home from work on any given day. But you don't have the assurance that you will make it home from work. Getting shot at is not on any job description I have ever seen. Until the day you put on the badge you should at least support LEO's any way you can. Including dropping the "it's part of the job" BS.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 01/28/12 - 12:37 pm
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ICL I think anyone in the
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ICL I think anyone in the military would be ashamed to be associated with kutbuddy's comments.

Freedbygrace
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Freedbygrace 01/28/12 - 01:23 pm
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Our hearts and prayers go out

Our hearts and prayers go out to the officer and his family. I still do not understand the policy of single policemen in a car and not sending immediate backup to suspicious activity-when criminals are involved weapons are usaually around-duh! Our politicians waste so much money then cry "not enough revenue to put two in every patrol car". Please provide the necessary officers to add to their safety. The times are/have changed, they are very evil and dangerous.

allhans
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allhans 01/28/12 - 01:29 pm
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"I still do not understand

"I still do not understand the policy of single policemen in a car and not ..."

They do that? I don't think this officer was alone.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/28/12 - 01:47 pm
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It is NOT part of the job but

It is NOT part of the job but it has become an "in fact" part of the job because our liberal UN-justice system and it's arrogant judges have turned it all into a game of catch and release. That is until the little punk thug decides he is tired of being "caught" and decides to shoot a cop. Too bad the judges aren't required to pull duty as cops a couple of times a week.I couldn't think of a better irony than to read "Judge Shot By Punk He Put On Probation".

freespeach
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freespeach 01/28/12 - 01:52 pm
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The thug life is a cultural
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The thug life is a cultural thing. Listen to lyrics in rap music. Turn on BET and watch the videos. You'll get an idea of the values, or lack thereof, being promoted. Look at the thugs walking down the street with their pants hanging down. Driving down the street with music blaring. Bragging about being baby daddies but not wanting the responsibilites of fatherhood and not willing to pay child support voluntarily. Showing disrespect and contempt for others. This is not a racial thing; this is a cultural thing. The culture needs to change!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/28/12 - 02:03 pm
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It's been a few hours since

It's been a few hours since this happened. I wish they would give us an update on the officer's condition. I hope and pray that he/she will be ok.

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fatboyhog 01/28/12 - 02:16 pm
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This cop-killer is a coward.

This cop-killer is a coward. I'll bet he was all tough and hard when it was one-on-one and he shot the officer in a most cowardly way, but he probably gave up like a scared little rat. Upon conviction, the death penalty should be swift and public. Let the other thugs see what happens when you act like an animal. I have said it before, and I'll say it again; Rabid animals are put down, a cockroach that kills an officer is no better than a rabid animal.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 01/28/12 - 02:18 pm
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Freespeech, don't forget all

Freespeech, don't forget all the lyrics that include N words, B words, and hoes...and popping caps in those that "dis" you...

tdrake
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tdrake 01/28/12 - 02:21 pm
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Unfortunately the word in

Unfortunately the word in Aiken is that the female officer has died. Have heard they are waiting to notify family before it is made public out of respect to the family.

1foxhntr
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1foxhntr 01/28/12 - 02:26 pm
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I heard this morning the

I heard this morning the officer was killed. She was a long time veteran of APS. A good and respected officer that senslessly was murdered trying to protect us. Catching this 'person' will help make her family, friends and officers feel marginally better.

Haki
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Haki 01/28/12 - 02:42 pm
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God be with that officer. @

God be with that officer. @ freespeach thanks for the trip down memory lane. That song was recorded 21 years ago by a man who has been starring on Law & Order for years. That would make this shooter around 4. We as a community have a problem. From the cradle to the grave, us as a society must correct this. Not blaming rap songs, a one parent home or a music video. I could go into possible solutions, but it wouldn't change anyone's mind here. This killer, the guy who shot Rep Giffords, the post office shooter, the employee going into their workplace shooting and the unibomber are all sick individuals, who are a product of OUR society. I wish we could work together to fix it.

lsmith
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lsmith 01/28/12 - 02:51 pm
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Three cop shootings in the
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Three cop shootings in the CSRA in the past 3 months. Can anyone guess what the most common denominator is in these shootings? This country is in a world of hurt. The disintigation of our culture is a national tradgedy of epic proportions. The libeal media refuses to acknowledge it in their dogged pursuit of political correctness, and that's a sad, sad thing. We're going to wake up one day and find a whole generation of American youth hijacked into gang, thug culture and our streets reduced to third world anarchy.
Music that glorifies cop killing, drugs, baby daddies, baby mamas, beating on women etc cannot be defended. Those who do are simply oblivious to the hold these so called "artists" and their so called music have on today's youth. They idolize these poetic punks who've made millions pumping out this bile, all the while proudly displaying the financial rewards for following the lifestyle in the clothes they wear, the gold they display and the cribs they build.
The next time any of you get pulled over for a traffic violation, and feel the cop may have been a over cautious in handling the situation, please take a pause to remember these violent assaults on cops, put yourself in their shoes and cut them some slack...........they have every reason to treat every traffic stop as a potential threat to their safety.

allhans
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allhans 01/28/12 - 03:04 pm
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We do know from past history

We do know from past history that public housing, no father as a role model hurts..among rap and other things,of course.
Since I would never committ such an hideous act, I don't know the reason nor can I speak for the (b-----) who did this.
Such a waste..a life taken, and for what?

allhans
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allhans 01/28/12 - 03:02 pm
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Not a police office, I

Not a police office, I assume, but another life taken
"The Richmond County coroner is on the scene of a possible homicide at the Madison on the Green apartment complex in Augusta."

Haki
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Haki 01/28/12 - 03:04 pm
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^ my point exactly. Let's

^ my point exactly. Let's start here as example. "The common denominator!" That's like me saying pedophiles exist primarily in one demographic. I come here daily and witness how some people talk about each other, about certain religions, certain races, and even the President of the United States. We don't believe in courtesy and respect, so why should this next generation.

allhans
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allhans 01/28/12 - 03:11 pm
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Haki..Exactly why children

Haki..Exactly why children need a family life, a role model at the dinner table to explain life to children. Life is not easy but TV makes it appear to be, to these young people. Mentor, mentor, mentor...talk to the young people who have no one else, teach them truth from fiction.

lsmith
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lsmith 01/28/12 - 03:46 pm
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Haki. Weak argument. Sure,
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Haki. Weak argument. Sure, you can find crime across all socio-economic and ethnic boundaries, however there is NO dispute where the preponderence of these senseless, violent crimes are manifesting from. The truth may hurt, but attempts to generalize does nothing but shield the primary source of street violence and no real effort is made to educate parents and community on steps to stem the rising tide. If the American community doesn't see this trend for what it is and come to terms with it, it's just going to get uglier and uglier.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 01/28/12 - 04:04 pm
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To say this can be blamed on

To say this can be blamed on ANY type of music is ignoring the fact that society as a whole has been deteriorating for years. Civility is laughed at by ALL parts of our world.White and black. Having said that...it does seem that the "gangsta" culture, as of late, glorifies this sort of behavior more than most. But not all. Remember all you aging hippies who told us to "turn on, tune in and drop out" or "hey hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" or the Weather Underground which included Bill Ayers who actually advocated the killing of public officials to end the war in Vietnam?
My point..no one race has a lock on violent behavior in this country...but the "thugs" do seem to be reversing that trend lately....

lsmith
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lsmith 01/28/12 - 04:08 pm
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Kutbuddy, in general you're
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Kutbuddy, in general you're right. It's the same argument that "guns don't kill people, people do". Sure, this 26 year old man knows right from wrong but he was probably brought up in a home where a difference set of values was presented daily. Desensitized to the human element, no morals, no respect for humanity or mankind. If a kid grows up in a family of druggies, alcoholics and parents in and out of jail, odds are the kids going to follow suit. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree....
What kids see on TV, hear on the radio and read in magazines have a huge impact on their paths in life.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/28/12 - 04:12 pm
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One news sourse says the

One news sourse says the female officer is on life support.

whyme
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whyme 01/28/12 - 04:14 pm
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We should all be indignant

We should all be indignant over any crimes against anyone, particularly our police officers, regardless of the color of the victim and the color of the perpetrator. Unfortunately that's not the reality in the areas in which we are living and it will be a matter of time before things start to get uglier than they probably already are. South Carolina's race relations are still not too far along from way back, so these sorts of horrible situations do nothing to make progress. The white people are wondering why no one is speaking up on their behalf as they would if there were white police shooting black men; why won't the black dignitaries speak up to stop the violence; why is the entire black race blamed for the bad of a few? the same for the white? Questions that may never be answered but I pray that we all demand justice and safety for all people...

happychimer
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happychimer 01/28/12 - 04:18 pm
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A murdered female was found

A murdered female was found in an apartment in Augusta, and there are hints that it may be connected to the shooting of the Aiken officer.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/28/12 - 04:25 pm
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the story is on AC now. the

the story is on AC now. the suspect in the murder at the apartment is the same suspect in custody for the shooting of the officer. He was the live-in boyfriend of the murdered woman at the apartment.

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