Sheriff's office issues firings, demotions, suspensions after inmate escape

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say they have fired one employee, demoted another and suspended two after an inmate escaped the Hill Finlkea Detention Center last month.

"The safety of Berkeley County citizens are of the utmost concern to the Sheriff's Office and the detention center.  To ensure that safety, we took immediate action as necessary," said Public Information Office Dan Moon.

The escaped inmate, James Sanders, is still on the run after walking out of the Berkeley County jail on Jan. 26. James Sanders was behind bars on criminal domestic violence charges.

Last week Sanders was spotted in the Sangaree Parkway area in Summerville.

Investigators surrounded the area, brought out the police dogs, and a helicopter but was unable to locate Sanders


  • Investigators began their search on Jan. 26, after authorities say Sanders escaped from the Hill Finklea Detention Center. Read the original story here.
  • The following day the manhunt moved from Moncks Corner to downtown after deputies received a tip that Sanders had been picked up and taken to MUSC. Read the original story here. 
  • On Wednesday, Sanders was spotted in the Sangaree Parkway area and a search of the area began and continued into the night but ended with Sanders on the run again. Read the original story here.

Deputies say that despite his record of criminal domestic violence, Sanders is not a danger to the public.

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