Reward offered for man accused of shooting at Orangeburg deputies, SLED agents

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - U.S. Marshals have announced a reward for a man who allegedly shot at Orangeburg deputies and SLED agents.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said multiple agencies are looking for 18-year-old Derian James. Wednesday, US Marshal Tom Griffith said a $2,500 reward is being offered for his capture.

According to Ravenell, the incident began when deputies were searching for Najquan Hampton who was being sought on multiple counts of attempted murder for an incident that happened in May. In that incident, witnesses outside a Baxter Street residence reported being shot at by a subject in a dark-colored vehicle.

"On Thursday, US Marshal and OCSO investigators were in the process of serving those warrants on Hampton at a Coleman Street residence," OCSO officials said.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry said that at that point, the arriving investigators were then fired upon by another individual who was quickly identified as James.

Hampton was not part of the shooting, and was taken into custody without incident.

James is described as a black male standing about 5'7" tall and weighing around 120 pounds.

If anyone has any information on James's whereabouts, they are asked to call the OCSO immediately at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous.

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