Authorities arrest man accused of shooting at Lowcountry deputies, SLED agents

Authorities arrest man accused of shooting at Lowcountry deputies, SLED agents
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said multiple agencies are looking for 18-year-old Derian James. (Source: OCSO)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say they have arrested an 18-year-old man accused of shooting at Orangeburg County deputies and SLED agents.

Officials with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office say Derian James was taken into custody around 2 p.m. on Friday.

"This was a great, great effort by Marshals, deputies, and SLED agents," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "I know for a fact this community will sleep safer tonight because of this apprehension."

Ravenell said that authorities developed information that led to a possible location where the Orangeburg man may be hiding.

"A task force consisting of US Marshals, OCSO investigators as well as South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents closed in on several locations on Friday afternoon," OCSO officials said."Around 2 p.m. the task force nabbed James at a residence in the Eutawville area."

A report states another person was taken into custody in connection with the case.

James' arrest stems from an incident on May 6 when a task force consisting of US Marshals and OCSO deputies were attempting a warrant service at a Coleman Street residence in Orangeburg when they were fired upon by who investigators learned was James.

Ravenell said more arrests can be expected in connection with James's case.

"The arrest of James was a direct result of the strong relationships of federal, state and local law enforcement as well as the support from the public," stated U.S. Marshal Thomas Griffin.  "However, we still have unfinished business and continue our search for the last escapee, Curtis Green, and will not stop until he is caught."

Green, 20, has been sought by local, state, and federal authorities since his escape on May 19.

"Along with two other inmates who have since been captured, Green made good in an escape attempt from the Orangeburg County Detention Center," OCSO officials said.

There is also a $2,500 reward being offered for information leading to Green's arrest on top of a possible Crime Stoppers reward.

If anyone has any information on Green's whereabouts, they are urged to contact the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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