Man wanted for murder in Port Royal of service member and child abduction

January 27, 2012 

Port Royal police are looking for a 26-year-old Georgia man investigators say fatally shot his ex-girlfriend then abducted the couple's 3-year-old child Thursday night.

Officers were called at about 9 p.m. to an apartment on Battery Lane in Port Royal to perform a health and welfare check after receiving word the resident may have been shot during an argument with Leo Deandre Scott of Columbus, Ga., her ex-boyfriend and the father of her child.

Upon entering the apartment, officers found the woman fatally shot in the head, said Capt. Alan Beach, Port Royal police spokesman.

Investigators said Scott fled fled in the woman's car after abducting the child.

An Amber Alert was immediately issued, and the child was located unharmed in Columbus, Ga., according to authorities.

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Scott, Beach said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Port Royal police at 843-986-2220.

Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen said the victim was an active-duty service member but declined to disclose her identity, citing a Defense Department policy requiring that authorities wait 24 hours after the family of a deceased service member has been notified before releasing their name.

Allen said an autopsy is being performed today at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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