Another Columbia shooting, with a good ending.


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ScottsGT
August 17, 2006, 08:09 AM
Scumbag gone!

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/15291868.htm

Home-invasion suspect fatally shot in gunfight
Richland officer says shooting was in self-defense; no charges will be filed
By LEE HIGGINS
lhiggins@thestate.com
A man fatally shot a Columbia resident in an exchange of gunfire at a home early Wednesday that also left him wounded in a robbery gone bad, police said.

Another intruder remains at large, police said.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department responded at 2:02 a.m. to the home of Allen Cooper, 42, of 210 Ferrell Drive. There they found the body of Jevis Rogers.

Rogers, 29, of 611 W. Campanella Drive, was shot once in the chest, according to the county coronor’s office.

Police believe Rhea L. McCary, 50, shot Rogers about 1:30 a.m., after Rogers and another man, both wearing masks, invaded Cooper’s home and robbed Cooper at gunpoint, according to Lt. Chris Cowan of the Sheriff’s Department.

Cooper had given one of the masked men some cash, but they weren’t satisfied with the amount and told Cooper to call back two people who had recently left the house, police said.

He contacted McCary and James Robertson, who came to the home after sensing something was wrong, police said.

When they arrived, Cooper ran out the back door yelling, “They’ve got guns,” Cowan said.

The masked men then opened fire. One of the shots struck McCary in the left arm, police said.

McCary returned fire, hitting Rogers, police said.

“The second suspect fled the location and is still at large,” Cowan said, adding McCary was defending himself and the two other men.

“There won’t be any charges filed against Mr. McCary,” he added.

Cowan said investigators believe the victims were being watched by their attackers prior to the invasion, but aren’t sure why or for how long.

A neighbor, Donald Shealy, 71, who has lived on Ferrell Drive for 45 years, was sleeping during the shooting. He is concerned the incident might affect the value of three acres he owns on the road.

“This is my home, my neighborhood,” said Shealy.

Betty Goodwin, 55, who has lived on Ferrell Drive for 12 years, said the incident has prompted her to consider moving out of the neighborhood.

“It might be time for me to go for real,” she said. “I don’t care if the rent is cheap. I can’t believe this.”

Reach Higgins at 771-8570

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Labinnac
August 17, 2006, 07:00 PM
Yay! I'll sleep better tonight.

Christianninja
August 17, 2006, 07:08 PM
Wow. Impressive on several accounts.

LiquidTension
August 18, 2006, 08:12 AM
A neighbor, Donald Shealy, 71, who has lived on Ferrell Drive for 45 years, was sleeping during the shooting. He is concerned the incident might affect the value of three acres he owns on the road.

Glad to see he's got his priorities straight :rolleyes:

Columbia north to I-20 has some real housing deals just because of this type of thing. Lots of gang activity in the area, especially around 277.

ScottsGT
August 18, 2006, 08:23 AM
Columbia north to I-20 has some real housing deals just because of this type of thing. Lots of gang activity in the area, especially around 277.
Can you say Farrow road?? See where they are closing down a gas station on Farrow road due to all the crime there? Why not build a freaking police substation there!!!?? Then the criminals would come to the cops.

Farrow road was the first place I ever CCW'd around the family. There is a "Youth Center" in a neighborhood there that our kids swim team had an away meet at two years back. Not a nice place to be caught at after dark. Dropped the Kel-Tec .380 in the pocket, and know one but me knew it was there. (Hot summer day, no way to hide the Colt .45)

LiquidTension
August 18, 2006, 09:21 AM
I was doing some surveillance a few years ago across 277 near the hospital...scary place, haven't been back since. Farrow Rd is not a nice place - it's right up there with Percival Rd. I carry my 1911 year round here :)

Bergerboy
August 18, 2006, 05:29 PM
Wow, I really hate to hear this......my mom's side of the family was born and raised in that part of the world, and it was always a great place when I grew up. Now I know it's not the same as over a decade or two ago, but I keep hearing these stories from Columbia/Spartanburg/Greenville/etc, and can't believe it.

Great job on the homeowner, but I'm wondering why he didn't pull his gun earlier in the confrontation!

Jorg Nysgerrig
August 18, 2006, 05:41 PM
Great job on the homeowner, but I'm wondering why he didn't pull his gun earlier in the confrontation!

Because the homeowner wasn't the one with the gun.

Bergerboy
August 18, 2006, 06:28 PM
Because the homeowner wasn't the one with the gun.

Whoops! Got Cooper and McCary mixed up!

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