Man accused of shooting at deputies released from hospital, booked at detention center

Ricky Dewayne Johnson (Source: Berkeley Co. Sheriff's Office)
Ricky Dewayne Johnson (Source: Berkeley Co. Sheriff's Office)
An updated mugshot of Vanessa Bapp (Source: BCSO)
An updated mugshot of Vanessa Bapp (Source: BCSO)
Deputies head down Myers Road (Source: Live 5)
Deputies head down Myers Road (Source: Live 5)
Ricky Dewayne Johnson and Vanessa Jo Bapp (Source: BCSO)
Ricky Dewayne Johnson and Vanessa Jo Bapp (Source: BCSO)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The man facing multiple charges after he allegedly fired at Berkeley County deputies has been booked at the Berkeley County jail after being released from the hospital.

Ricky Johnson, 32,  has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during a violent offense, possession of a firearm by a subject convicted of a violent felony, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Cochran.

Johnson was being treated at Trident Medical Center after he was shot by a U.S. Marshal after Johnson pulled out a gun and pointed it at two agents, Lewis said. He was booked into the Berkeley County jail on Saturday.

Vanessa Bapp has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, two charges of evading, first-degree burglary, obstruction, and accessory to the attempted murder charge, Cochran said.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will bring additional charges in connection with the deputy-involved shooting later Thursday morning which left Johnson shot and in custody, Cochran said.

The burglary charge for Bapp stems from an incident Thursday morning when she broke into a house in the 2600 block of Mudville Road in Cross and tried to hide from authorities who were looking for her after the shots that were fired at a deputy.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said the suspects are known criminals in the county.

Deputies arrested Bapp and Johnson for the incident that began with a traffic stop and led to shots being fired at a Berkeley County deputy.

Lewis said during a Thursday afternoon press conference that his deputies are familiar with both of the suspects since they've been arrested before.

"We're dealing with people we know," Lewis said. "They were arrested before for drug-related activities and larcenies."

Authorities say the incident began around 2 a.m. when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on College Park Road near Main Street on the suspects' truck for a traffic violation. Deputies later found out the truck, which had two firearms in it, was stolen.

According to Lewis, the driver fled from the deputy and a pursuit began which went through several areas in the College Park Road and Highway 17-A area and into the Wind Gate mobile home park off of Myers Road.

The sheriff's office says the vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect ran into a dead end on Bayonet Drive.

Lewis said one of the suspects fired shots at the responding deputy as the suspects ran away.

Summerville resident Joseph Couillard lives in Wind Gate and says his wife woke him up after receiving an alert on her phone that two suspects were at large nearby.

"I was like, 'I'll stay awake to make sure they don't come in our house,'" Couillard said. "So that's what we did and we waited, heard the helicopter above. I guess they were searching the area."

A helicopter and area law enforcement had responded to the area to search the surrounding scene.

A deputy on patrol in the Cross area then reported seeing Bapp in another stolen vehicle in the Cross area. Authorities say the car she was in was reported missing earlier that day from the area where the suspects fled.

She was captured following a brief chase, Lewis said.

As for Johnson, he was arrested after deputies received information that he was in the area of College Park Road and Highway 17-A, walking on the sidewalk.

Two agents with the US Marshals Office responded to the scene and identified themselves as agents to Johnson.

Lewis said Johnson took off running.

According to the sheriff, during a brief pursuit, Johnson took out a gun and pointed it at the two agents who then returned fire and hit Johnson.

Lewis said he did not know yet if Johnson fired any shots at the agents. No deputies were injured in the incident.

"If they haven't learned by now, if you pull a gun on one of my deputies you're going to get shot and that's the way it is," Lewis said. "They make that choice we don't make that choice for them. And again, I keep saying it, it seems like we're in more violent times and everybody is reaching for a gun instead of trying to talk about what the issues are."

"Thumbs up to the police in our area," Couillard said."Thank God that they're vigilant. They're really on their toes about everything that is going on."

The sheriff says Johnson will be taken the to the Charleston County Detention Center when he is released from the hospital because they have a medical facility on campus.

Bapp is at the Berkeley County Detention Center.

Troopers with Highway Patrol and BCSO deputies had been rerouting traffic through Thursday evening in the area of North Main Street and College Park Road as investigators continued to work a crime scene in connection with the shooting.

Cross Elementary School was on lockdown for a short period.

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