Beaufort County Sheriff's Office releases details in attempted murder case

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 5, 2014 

A 39-year-old Florida man was arrested Saturday and charged with attempted murder, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Derrick Cornelius Polite was arrested Saturday morning after shooting a 53-year-old Beaufort man in his home, according to a sheriff's office report.

According to the report, the man was at his apartment on County Shed Road in Beaufort when Polite knocked on his door shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

After opening the door, Polite shot the man in the knee once and ran away through a neighbor's yard on Kennedy Circle, the report said.

The man told deputies he owed Polite money, but Polite did not enter the residence or say anything during the incident, according to the report.

The incident appears to be drug-related and deputies are still investigating, said Capt. Bob Bromage of the sheriff's office.

The man's injury was not life threatening, and he was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, Bromage said. Bromage did not have other details on his injuries.

Polite is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center, with bond set at $100,000.

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