Wounded, Aiken deputy shoots, kills holdup suspect this morning

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 10:59 AM
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AIKEN - An Aiken County sheriff’s deputy-in-training acted appropriately this morning when he returned fire, killing a convenience store robbery suspect, Sheriff Michael Hunt said.

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At a morning press conference, the sheriff said Deputy Larry Cleveland, 56, followed procedure.

Deputy Cleveland, who had retired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol in December after 27 years, was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, the sheriff said.

The man fatally shot by the deputy has not been identified, Sheriff Hunt said. He had no ID, and authorities have been unable to locate any vehicle.

The shoot-out began about 5 a.m. when Deputies Cleveland and Michael Goodwin, 32, responded to the Four Seasons Food and Fuel at the corner of Whiskey Road and Citadel Drive for a well-being check and a possible armed robbery.

When the deputies arrived, they noticed a purse and a cell phone in the parking lot outside the front door.

Lt. Elwell spokesman for the sheriff’s office said when the deputies entered the store, “the suspect popped up from behind the counter with the clerk held hostage with a gun aimed at her chest.”

Almost immediately, the suspect, wearing a mask and gloves, turned his gun and fired at the deputies, striking Deputy Cleveland in the right hip just below his vest. The suspect fired off two more shots, one missing the deputies and the third shot hitting Deputy Cleveland in his right shoulder.

“Deputy Cleveland fired a round striking the suspect in the chest,” Lt. Elwell said.

The suspect died at the scene.

Deputy Goodwin was not injured, and he did not discharge his gun.

The victim also was not injured.

“When the gun battle ensued, she was able to get herself away from the suspect and flee to a different part of the store,” Lt. Elwell said.

The victim was just opening the convenience store when she was attacked.

“The initial call to dispatch came in from the victim’s sister, who was talking to her prior to the store opening,” Lt. Elwell said.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate.

Normally, deputies do not ride two to a vehicle, but Deputy Goodwin was along because Deputy Cleveland, who was hired by the sheriff’s office on Jan. 2, was in field officer training, Lt. Elwell said.

This is the first office-related shooting involving the sheriff’s office since 2007.

On Aug. 30, 2007, two deputies, responding to a domestic disturbance, were checking the home when the suspect came out from under a bed and stabbed one of the officers. The suspect was shot by one of the deputies, but did not die.

“To the best of our knowledge, the last time an officer was killed was in 1925 when Sheriff Henry Howard was killed,” Lt. Elwell said.

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wise ole man
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wise ole man 01/23/09 - 12:05 pm
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May GOD be with the families

May GOD be with the families of all those involved as well as the 2 officers that were involved.

aaa
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aaa 01/23/09 - 12:08 pm
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Haven't we seen this script

Haven't we seen this script before? Guess we'll have to wait for the details to be sure.

Cheech1
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Cheech1 01/23/09 - 12:30 pm
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What the heck? If someobdy

What the heck? If someobdy shot me and I had the means to end his time as a mortal, I think I'd do it! Who needs defending?

hossiv
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hossiv 01/23/09 - 12:30 pm
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No need to defend him

No need to defend him Sherriff. Thanks to the officer for putting a bullet in this thug's head.

RU4Real
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RU4Real 01/23/09 - 12:30 pm
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Larry was more than "a deputy

Larry was more than "a deputy in training"! Larry had served the SCHP well until his retirement, and chose to continue to serve and protect the citizens of Aiken County. He may have been learning the "ropes" of the Sheriff's department and procedures, but he already knew how to handle himself in this type of situation. God bless him and all of his "brothers" and prayers for a quick recovery.

Iceman
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Iceman 01/23/09 - 12:34 pm
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Another slimebag that won't

Another slimebag that won't be fed and housed at taxpayer expense. Good shootin' Larry!

curly123053
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curly123053 01/23/09 - 12:46 pm
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All parties involved here are

All parties involved here are in my prayers. Sometimes these officers never know what they will walk into.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/23/09 - 12:56 pm
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If memory serves me right,

If memory serves me right, this same location was the scene of a double murder years ago in an armed robbery. Sylvia Westerdahl was solicitor and sheriff was that guy who onced owned a BBQ house on Atomic Rd as well as a car dealing place...cannot remember his name....this makes 3 killed in this one place in robberies over the years. Maybe they shouldn't have a single person showing up to open the store at that time of the morning.

christian134
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christian134 01/23/09 - 01:36 pm
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Praise God for the safety of

Praise God for the safety of this fine officer...Deputy Cleveland job well done...

KSL
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KSL 01/23/09 - 01:40 pm
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We are fortunate that Deputy

We are fortunate that Deputy Cleveland decided to continue his career in law enforcement after retiring.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 01/23/09 - 01:47 pm
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good job officers!!!!!~
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good job officers!!!!!~

iletuknow
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iletuknow 01/23/09 - 02:12 pm
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"where he being

"where he being treated"
Ebonics in the AC?

Soggy_Bottom
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Soggy_Bottom 01/23/09 - 02:18 pm
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Not the first time 4 Seasons

Not the first time 4 Seasons was robbed. Back in the late 70's/early 80's the couple running the store were killed while their kids slept in the van outside In another robbery, Deputy Freeman was kicked in the chest and died as a result.

Good job Deputy Cleveland! Need more men like you. Get well soon!

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 01/23/09 - 02:22 pm
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Justice has been served thank

Justice has been served thank you very much! Thank you Deputy Cleveland. I hope that the citizens of Aiken take up a fund for deputy Cleveland. He deserves it.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/23/09 - 02:38 pm
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I remembered Deputy

I remembered Deputy Freeman....he was a gentle caring man. I remembered it was a married couple who got killed in the previous robbery at that store but I do not remember their kids being asleep in the car. I pray this shooting did not put Deputy Cleveland on permanent retirement and unable to work.

rufus
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rufus 01/23/09 - 02:38 pm
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Nice shot

Nice shot

N.Augusta
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N.Augusta 01/23/09 - 03:02 pm
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Praise be to you Larry!

Praise be to you Larry!

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/23/09 - 03:13 pm
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Job well done and a speedy

Job well done and a speedy recovery to Deputy Cleveland.

FRa9aB3t
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FRa9aB3t 01/23/09 - 03:13 pm
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why didnt they just shoot his

why didnt they just shoot his tires? oh -- wrong shooting ! Man down on aisle 4 - Man down on aisle 4 !!

rufus
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rufus 01/23/09 - 03:14 pm
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No, it's cleanup on aisle 4

No, it's cleanup on aisle 4

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 01/23/09 - 03:16 pm
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I didn't think that things

I didn't think that things like this would happen after Obama was President?

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/23/09 - 03:40 pm
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The officers didn't return

The officers didn't return fire until they confirmed that it wasn't a bb gun John doe was packing. Good police work!

KingJames
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KingJames 01/23/09 - 03:56 pm
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D1216, it sounds like you

D1216, it sounds like you obviously don't think at all!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/23/09 - 04:30 pm
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Hey, shouldn't the deputy

Hey, shouldn't the deputy have just stepped out of the way of those bullets?? Why did he feel like he HAD to shoot back? And why did he have to shoot the ALLEGED robber/hostage-taker? I mean, it was the GUN that was posing a threat to the deputy, NOT the alleged robber/hostage-taker, right?? He should have shot the GUN, not the alleged robber/hostage-taker! And I suppose there was no video to back all this up, right? Man, I smell a conspiracy! Okay...enough of all that foolishness!! I certainly commend both deputies and am very thankful that we have men like them to protect us! My only question...and believe me when I say it is NOT with any intended disrespect or malice when I ask it...if the robber fired at least 3 shots and Deputy Cleveland fired at least 1 shot, why wasn't Deputy Goodwin able to get off any shots during all that time? I certainly wasn' there, so maybe it all happened so fast Deputy Goodwin just wasn't able to react in time. But, the point is that he was there and his life was just as much at risk! Thanks again, men!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/23/09 - 04:32 pm
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One more thing, I sure miss

One more thing, I sure miss having Lt. Michael Frank being the spokesman for the Aiken County Sherriff's Dept for this case. RIP.

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 01/23/09 - 04:39 pm
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It's nice that the sheriff

It's nice that the sheriff over there chose to hire an older, experienced officer whose instincts and courage very likely saved the life of the hostage. He's the Sully Sullenberger of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. I wish him a speedy recovery from his bullet wounds.

Moon Puppy
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Moon Puppy 01/23/09 - 04:42 pm
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JMO, You're right, you were

JMO, You're right, you were not there. Goodwin may not have had a clear shot or the hostage could have been in the line of fire. Don't judge, crook is dead, end of story.

Nice Shot Deputy Cleveland, He's the one in training??

Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 01/23/09 - 04:55 pm
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To Deputy Cleveland, thank

To Deputy Cleveland, thank you for your service kind Sir! What a brave man you are to risk your life for us!! I hope you get well soon! To the dead thugg's family, sorry for your loss. Too bad you were not able to have a more positive influence on your dead thugg loved one. To future thuggs, let this be a lesson to you.

Billy Idol
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Billy Idol 01/23/09 - 05:04 pm
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Its a good thing he killed

Its a good thing he killed the thug; it saved the AC from having to print the descrpition, "Black Male 5'9" wearing a black hoodie."

Billy Idol
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Billy Idol 01/23/09 - 05:05 pm
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Don't lie. Goodwin was there

Don't lie. Goodwin was there to buy some Honey Buns.

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