Teen charged in shooting, carjacking of S.C. man who stopped to help driver

Teen charged in shooting, carjacking of S.C. man who stopped to help driver
Jahlir Johnson (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Office)

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) - The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday an arrest in a shooting and carjacking that happened last month when a driver on I-85 pulled over to help what he thought was a disabled motorist.

Jahlir D. Johnson, 18, faces charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.T. Foster.

Foster said deputies responded to the shooting incident about 4:50 a.m. on Oct. 21, in the area of mile marker 32 on Interstate 85.

Susan Mizzell said her son, Chris Buchanan, was shot twice before being terrorized by the suspect.

“The man actually came back and stuck the gun in his mouth and threatened to kill him and told him he was going to die,” Mizzell said. “Chris begged for his life and begged him to just take his car and not kill him, and by the grace of God that’s what he did.”

The suspect then drove away in Buchanan’s car and Buchanan was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital. His family says he has undergone surgery but is expected to be OK.

During the investigation, evidence was found that led to warrants charging Johnson, Foster said.

Johnson is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on unrelated charges, Foster said.

The Lexington County Detention Center’s website showed Johnson faces seven charges there, including weapons charges and a charge for attempted escape.

When he is released, Johnson will be transferred to Anderson County to be formally charged, Foster said.

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