Solicitor: Beaufort County deputies acted appropriately in June shooting incident

achristnovich@islandpacket.comAugust 30, 2012 

Two Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies are back on duty after the area Solicitor's Office and state officials investigated a shooting incident in which two men -- one a suspect and the other a passenger in a car -- were wounded.

Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone and the State Law Enforcement Division investigators found that deputies Raymond Heroux and Kyle Strickland acted appropriately when they shot at the two men in a car after the driver tried to run over several deputies during a traffic stop in the Canal Apartment complex in Burton on June 29.

It is protocol for SLED to investigate any deputy-involved shooting, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Thursday. Deputies are always placed on administrative leave for the duration of an investigation. At the investigation's conclusion, the Solicitor's Office reviews the case to determine whether charges will be filed.

"After reviewing the SLED investigation, it is clear the officers acted appropriately," Stone said in a news release. "I find no evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of either deputy."

The driver of the car, however, was charged.

Johnnie Williams, 40, of Savannah, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and single counts of child endangerment and failing to stop for blue lights, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log. The passenger, a 33-year-old Beaufort man, is not expected to be charged.

Williams' case will be brought to a Beaufort County Grand Jury Sept. 13, Stone said. Williams' 6-year-old nephew was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but was not harmed.

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