Man accused of killing K-9 deputy arrested in shed

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The man who spent most of the morning running from deputies after investigators said he robbed someone and shot and killed a Richland County K-9 deputy was found inside a shed and arrested.

Law enforcement officers arrested the suspect around 10:50 a.m. near the intersection of Barony Drive and Brickyard Drive.

Deputies said the suspect was hiding inside a shed behind a home on Barony Drive. Cleveland Morris said he went into the shed to get something and noticed a camouflage jacket on the ground.

At that point, Morris got a kitchen knife out of the house and went back into the shed. Once Morris realized that the person inside the shed might be the man investigators were looking for, he alerted deputies and they arrested the suspect.

The manhunt started around 2 a.m. after the suspect allegedly robbed someone in the parking lot of Johnson's Store on Monticello Rd. Richland county Sheriff Leon Lott said the suspect took some cash and shot at the victim.

As deputies chased down the suspect, a K-9 deputy named Fargo caught up with the man and bit him.  During the struggle deputies say the man shot the dog three times, deputies said. The suspect also fired shots at deputies and they returned fire, according to investigators.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Fargo was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital where he died.

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Department website, K-9 Fargo was a Belgian Malinois acquired by the department in 2006 at the early age of 9 months to begin his training. Fargo was trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and criminal apprehension.

Deputies have not yet released the identity of the suspect. It is unclear what charges he will face.

Sheriff Lott said the department is planning a memorial, but a date has not been set. The department does have a K-9 memorial at the RCSD on Two Notch Road.

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