'Unfinished business in Orangeburg:' Marshals search for 2 fugitives

Derian James (Source: Orangeburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
Derian James (Source: Orangeburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - U.S. Marshals say they are looking for two fugitives in Orangeburg County.

The most recent is Curtis Green, 20, one of three inmates who escaped Saturday night from the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

The other two inmates, Tyshon Johnson and Christopher Boltin, have since been recaptured.

The second man marshals are searching for reportedly opened fire on officers on May 17.

"An event happened last Thursday where several deputy marshals and investigators from Orangeburg were attempting to solve an arrest warrant," U.S. Marshal for South Carolina Tom Griffin said. "As they stepped from their vehicle, they immediately began to receive gunfire from an individual named Derian James."

James, 18, was quickly identified as the gunman who fired on the officers, according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry.

Griffin said the Marshals Service has "unfinished business in Orangeburg due to that incident."

The Marshals Service increased its presence in the area after the jail escape. Griffin said he has reassigned marshals from Charleston and Columbia to bolster their investigation in the Orangeburg area, he said.

"In a time of place of our choosing, these two individuals are going to be met with an overwhelming presence of law enforcement," Griffin said. "When this event occurs, they will have an option of surrendering peacefully, or based on their decision, it could end very badly."

Griffin encouraged members of both men's families to talk to them and encourage them to turn themselves in.

"Our goal is to have a safe and uneventful outcome in these two fugitives that we're seeking," he said.

If anyone has any information on any of the suspects or the incident, you are urged to call the OCSO immediately at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous.

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