Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday issued a statement about two tragedies that rocked the state over the prior two days.
Her statement read:
"There are few moments that truly shock our conscience. The last 48 hours in South Carolina have done that, first with the shooting of two of our brave law enforcement officers, and then to see five babies brutally murdered. These events bring a sadness like no other. We grieve together for our lost ones, and we pray together for those touched by these horrific tragedies."
On Monday night, two Charleston County deputies were wounded at a West Ashley apartment complex after responding to a report of an intoxicated man banging on doors and cars. One of the deputies, 43-year-old Joe Matuskovic, died at MUSC. The second deputy, Michael Ackerman, 43, underwent surgery Tuesday at MUSC and was recovering.
Deputies returned fire at the time of the shooting and the suspect, 38-year-old Michael Oswald, was later found dead inside the apartment nearly nine hours after the incident began.
A Charleston County telecommunications employee, 58-year-old Larry Britton, who was providing support to law enforcement at the shooting scene, died suddenly of natural causes during the crisis after being transported by EMS to MUSC.
Then on Tuesday, in an unrelated case, the bodies of five children who had been reported missing from Lexington County were discovered in Alabama.Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said Wednesday morning that the children's father, Timothy Ray Jones, Jr., will be charged with murder when he is extradited to Lexington County.
His extradition is expected sometime Wednesday or Thursday, McCarty said.