Three arrested in deputy shooting

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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.

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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

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justus4
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justus4 12/21/07 - 08:02 am
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These charges are excessive
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These charges are excessive and represent another example of police going overboard. It's sickening to read about the law going after minority kids day after day. Known facts: The deputy pulled the car over...the question is WHY? We already know what he's going to say, "the vehicle looked suspious" or "it fit the description of a get-away car" and the kids took a few shots. They probably feared for their lives, given the number of black men murdered by law enforcement nationally. In addition, the intent to kill charge requires a motive & forethought to be legal. Neither appear in this case. But of course the law goes out the window when young minorities are targeted by police, judges, the media and the courts.

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lepavilion 12/21/07 - 08:09 am
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justus, so it is ok to you if

justus, so it is ok to you if they sped off trying to run over the police, and shooting at the police is ok too? You are about as racist as they come. If you had read about it yesterday, they were pulled over for running a stop sign. I guess that is ok to you , though, because if you are black that is fine and so is shooting at the police.

dasgaslo
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dasgaslo 12/21/07 - 08:09 am
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justus4, you can't really

justus4, you can't really believe what you just wrote!

amgibson
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amgibson 12/21/07 - 08:36 am
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justus4, it is because of

justus4, it is because of ignorant people like you, making even more ignorant statements like the one you just made, that people can't accept responsibility for their actions. Sometimes people have to own up to what they've done, and what others like them do, and stop blaming whitey!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 12/21/07 - 08:39 am
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The deputy pulled the car

The deputy pulled the car over...the question is WHY?.. ANSWER:

"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".

"the kids took a few shots."......justus you are the PROBLEM.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/21/07 - 09:17 am
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If you know you haven't done

If you know you haven't done anything wrong when you get pulled over except for maybe speeding and you have all your legal paperwork, ie, driver license, insurance etc, sit there and take the ticket. If you do what they did, it becomes worse. IMO. and if the officer had other intentions SUE EM.

ASU98
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ASU98 12/21/07 - 09:40 am
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justus4: If the punk who

justus4: If the punk who shot at the cop did not intend to kill him, what exactly did he intend to do? Invite him over for dinner? Even if the cop had absolutely no reason to pull these "gun carrying teenage thugs" over, then that is still no reason to shoot at the guy.

Your reasoning shows you are part of the problem. By the way, they found your truck in the 9th hole bunker at the River Club golf course. You may want to go pick it up.

Semibored
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Semibored 12/21/07 - 09:42 am
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Probable thoughts of one of

Probable thoughts of one of the mothers - "Oh my! Those nasty old officers are just trying to cause our babies more trouble. They tried to pin that burglary on him already. They want to charge him as an adult. Don't they know it's the season of giving? And since the only reason my baby's in trouble is because he's black, instead of calling the authorities and making him be responsible for once in his life, I'll sneak him across the river, change his name and enroll him as an athelete."

CEOLlimelight
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CEOLlimelight 12/21/07 - 09:45 am
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Justus speak your mind I got

Justus speak your mind I got followed for two miles by a an officer he never turned on his lights he followed me to a store and then tells me to stay in the car his reason for following me is because he said my plate border was restricting the sight of my last number on my tag which is an 8 and this officer believed it to be a six. No his true reason was he say three young black men in there late 20's in BMW something he can't afford. Racism is alive and well.

SunDown
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SunDown 12/21/07 - 09:48 am
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justus4... exactly what is

justus4... exactly what is excessive about these charges? You say that the police went overboard but you didn't say how they went overboard. You mention that they feared for their lives. If you get pulled over (I assume you are black) do you fear for your life? Would you just immediately start popping off rounds if you get pulled over? Would you advise your kids to shoot, simply for getting pulled over? These kids are damn lucky that they are not in a body bag. Here is a good rule of thumb: If the police attempt to pull you over... stop... sit quietly... produce required drivers license / proof of insurance... and don't shoot. BTW do you also think the burglary charges are excessive? Lastly, I don't think you give your own race enough credit for intelligence. Because I can't believe any reasonable thinking person (black or white) would believe the crap that you are shoveling, including yourself. I think you are looking for a little attention, or at least to pick a fight (especially based on previous posts). Am I wrong?

Galan Lewis
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Galan Lewis 12/21/07 - 10:02 am
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just a few more thugs off the

just a few more thugs off the street, it all I have to say.

migmack
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migmack 12/21/07 - 10:04 am
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Bill Cosby would say throw

Bill Cosby would say throw the trash in jail. HE sees the problems black youths face today. The real problem is people telling them they dont have a chance because there black. Well Mexicans are coming over and making a decent living because they werre told they could do it. Its the black leaders who teach you cant instead you can.

scoobasteve
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scoobasteve 12/21/07 - 10:14 am
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Well I'm glad that the aiken

Well I'm glad that the aiken sherrifs department got 4 more minorities off the street, justus. Aiken county 4, poor little minorities 0

PIOSSEDOFF
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PIOSSEDOFF 12/21/07 - 10:19 am
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who gives a crap what color

who gives a crap what color they are --- 4 more thugs are off the street and out of our schools.

lulu
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lulu 12/21/07 - 10:20 am
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These four will never

These four will never contibute anything positive to society. It's too late for them to change

ripjones
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ripjones 12/21/07 - 10:40 am
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justus4 - You are absolutely

justus4 - You are absolutely nuts. And definitely paranoid. The kids ran a stop sign. Anyone that has the stupidity to shoot at law enforcement should be exstinguished. Did you see "color" in the preceding sentence? Nope. Not a single one of those guys, is legally old enough to even have a gun. What the hell were they doing with them? As you can see by the mugshots, I'm sure they are all fine pillars of the community. They're all going to doctors and lawyers, and find the cure for cancer -- NOT. Give me a damn break. They are stupid punks, and nothing more. Quit thinking that things are always racist, against blacks. THEY SHOT AT A COP.

jack
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jack 12/21/07 - 10:41 am
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CEOLlimlight, was the last

CEOLlimlight, was the last number on your tag partially covered or not? If so, the officer had every right to pull you over. The root cause of racisim in this area is because of the likes of you and justus4, obvious BLACK racists always playing the victim card.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/21/07 - 10:42 am
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After readinig the comments I

After readinig the comments I can't believe you all are following up Justus4. You should all know by now that Justus4 is even blinder than Lady Justice herself. I think that the charges might be excessive, but that is just to get them to talk and finger the driver and the shooter. Remember, 5 people can't drive a car at one time and they sure can't all fire one gun from the passenger side of a moving car at the same time either. Once they get all of the stories straightened out and the sheriff can determine who was the driver and who was the shooter, the other young men might see a reduction in their charges. I do think that one or more of them were just along for the ride and maybe didn't even know that there was a gun in the car. That's why it's never a good thing to load up and roll out like that. If you are pulled over by the police and one person has a warrant or is holding something, or even speeds away and shoots at the cops, it makes them all look like criminals, regardless of if they were just a passenger and had done no wrong. As for them leaving the car and running on foot, who wouldn't run if your friend just shot at someone who also had a gun?

jack
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jack 12/21/07 - 10:47 am
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Wonder what the local black

Wonder what the local black racists would be saying had the cop shot back and killed one or two fo them? Here would come Jesse Jackass and Al Charlatan, et al with protests at the sheriff's dept. 4 punks off the street is a good thing, especially when they have guns.

GETACLUE
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GETACLUE 12/21/07 - 10:50 am
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Why dont you take another hit

Why dont you take another hit off of your crack pipe justus4 you freaking racist idiot. I hear Vidor TX is looking for a militant such as yourself.

spikey111
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spikey111 12/21/07 - 11:09 am
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just a couple more punks off

just a couple more punks off the streets. hope they get 20 years or more.

lulu
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lulu 12/21/07 - 11:10 am
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Just in "Black Caucus seeks

Just in "Black Caucus seeks pardon for Jena 6"

KingJames
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KingJames 12/21/07 - 11:13 am
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Thanks, Baroness. I'll be

Thanks, Baroness. I'll be home for Christmas, but am not looking to relocate. Augusta is a nice place to come home to, but the only improvements after being gone for 16 years have been in West Augusta. One of these days I'm going to try to be there for First Friday so I can see what that's like. As for this case, I think that 5 people in a car are being charged for the actions of only 2, but the charges are being used to figure out who did what. The sad part about this is that kids think that riding around town in large groups is cool. They never seem to understand that the more people they hang around, the more likely they are to get into some sort of trouble (aciidents, car breaks down, etc.). Contrary to what others may feel, I think that these kids (with the exception of the one with the previous burglary charges) could possibly still contribute to society. This just might be their wake up call to change.

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dani 12/21/07 - 11:24 am
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Justus...Stop yore playin'

Justus...Stop yore playin' You just tryin to upset everbody this moanin. You behave yo'sef. Its Christmas. Remember God don't like ugly.

KingJames
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KingJames 12/21/07 - 11:29 am
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I see nothing wrong with

I see nothing wrong with their appearances in their mug shots. They look like regular young men to me, not thugs. Two of the pictures are mug shots, and I don't know of anyone that would smile for that. The other appears to be a school picture. Some folks are judging these guys by what everyone thinks happened and by what some consider acceptable appearance in the photos. There is still a chance that one or more of what some of you are calling thugs was just along for the ride. I have a 13 year old son that I have already started teaching that nothing good happens on the street late at night. The guys involved in this situation who were just out riding can now attest to that fact. I still don't think they are all guilty as sin, and I don't think they should all be classified as thugs.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 12/21/07 - 11:34 am
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Oops. Think I found the

Oops. Think I found the criminal in this discussion.

dani
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dani 12/21/07 - 11:40 am
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KIngJames..If your last two

KIngJames..If your last two sentences are any indication of the way your are teaching your 13 year old you just might have a problem in your future. Nothing will ever be HIS fault. He should be sure and carry a gun when he goes out to protect himself from those bad ***** police. That should help, alright.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/21/07 - 11:51 am
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Justus read he article b4

Justus read he article b4 shooting of your mouth... they ran a stop sign.. even the 16 year old had priors... wake up and stop defending criminals.... them and you.. pathetic!!! Grow up and stop complaining about being a victim when all people like this are nothing but no good thugs who shouldnt see the light of day!! Kids or not.. they know what they were doing.. and its not the first time!!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/21/07 - 11:55 am
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Ceolimelite I'm not sayin it

Ceolimelite I'm not sayin it doesnt happen but read the article and justus post before you back someone. These guys ran a stop sign when they got pulled, they tried to run over him then fled then shot at him??? is that even close to your situation??? If you ran a stop sign and got pulled would you being crying racism then?? justus is... and if you agree then you are part of the problem not the people you complain are racist. Like I said .. racism does happen in these situations alot, but to support a false claim like justus (crying racism when the facts are staring you in the face to otherwise) is is doing more harm for your cause than good!!

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kickingeagle 12/21/07 - 11:59 am
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If I was driving that police

If I was driving that police car there would be 4 dead bodies.By the way I am not white or black,

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