Berkeley County murder suspect arrested in Orangeburg

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested a 19-year-old accused of killing a 30-year-old man on Yellowstone Lane in Ridgeville Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Sheriff's Office says, Ishmel Taquan Rivers was taken into custody early Saturday morning, at the Roosevelt Gardens Apartments in Orangeburg by the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators say Rivers is charged with murder in connection to the death of Dijuan Jacques Smith. Rivers is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.

Officials with the sheriff's office say they responded to a shooting at 123 Yellowstone Lane shortly after 5:30 p.m. and found one man fatally shot.

Coroner Bill Salisbury said Smith was found with a small puncture wound on his neck and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to Salisbury, Smith was struggling with another man outside a club on Yellowstone Lane at 5:30 p.m.

Salisbury said it is not clear if one of the men was shot or stabbed. An autopsy will be conducted to determine Smith's cause of death.

The death is being investigated by the coroner's office and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

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