Sheriff Lott: two men arrested in connection with shooting of tow truck driver
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has charged two suspects after a tow truck driver was shot multiple times and left critically injured on Jan. 2.
In a press conference today, Sheriff Lott says Sirdonovan Paull, 32, and Jahleel Simmons, 27, were responsible for the shooting.
They face charges of Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder, according to RCSD.
“These suspects terrorized multiple communities,” Sheriff Lott said. “Simmons murdered a robbery victim and less than two weeks later, robbed and shot someone else. Our communities are safer with him locked up and we need to make sure it stays that way.”
During the investigation, deputies found Simmons was already detained on an unrelated murder charge which stemmed from an incident that occurred on Dec. 20, 2021, in Goose Creek, before this robbery in Richland County.
Deputies say they arrived on South Beltline Boulevard on Jan. 2 around 1:30 a.m. where they found the victim and began rendering aid until EMS arrived and took him to the hospital. There has been no word yet on the victim’s condition.
Investigators found that the victim was shot in the 1400 block of Shop Road and drove to the place on South Beltline Boulevard where he was found, according to deputies.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says the victim was checking a parking lot for unlawfully parked vehicles, and as he was sitting in his parked truck, a man approached him and robbed him at gunpoint. That is when the man shot the victim and fled the scene in a getaway vehicle.
Deputies say the victim drove himself a couple of miles to South Beltline Blvd to get help.
Paull was arrested on Feb. 12 in Myrtle Beach, SC before being transferred to Alvin S. Glenn where he has been booked. After this incident, Simmons was booked at the Berkeley County Detention Center for the other incident, where he remains.
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