JUNE 26, 2022
Detention Officer Jeremiah Story was shot and killed while processing a subject into the Perry County Detention Center at 511 Aplin Avenue in Perryville.
Officer Story was standing in the restroom while the subject, who had been arrested for drug charges, was changing into jail-issued clothing. The man produced a pistol he had concealed on his person and shot Officer Story. The subject was subdued after shooting Officer Story.
The man was charged with capital murder and transferred to the Faulkner County Detention Center.
Deputy Sheriff Austin Aldridge was shot and killed while responding to a domestic call at 3:20 pm on Chaffee Drive in Spartanburg.
When Deputy Aldridge approached the house, he was ambushed by the subject. Bystanders gave medical aide to Deputy Aldridge until EMS arrived and then provided responding officers with a description of the subject and his vehicle.
Another deputy spotted the subject and attempted a traffic stop. The man pretended to surrender but shot at the deputy, who returned fire, before fleeing again. After crashing his vehicle the subject engaged in another shootout before running into the woods, where members of the SWAT team and a police canine took him into custody. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. No officers were injured in the pursuit and apprehension of the subject.
Deputy Aldridge was transported to the hospital and succumbed to his wounds at 9:26 pm.
Deputy Aldridge had served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office for three years. He is survived by his wife.
Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Abel was killed in a vehicle crash on County Road 278 between Welch and Standing Rock.
He was assisting the Roanoke Police Department during a vehicle pursuit when his patrol SUV left the roadway while rounding a curve at about 4:30 pm. The patrol car overturned after striking a ditch on the side of the road.
He was transported to West Georgia Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The subject was apprehended.
Deputy Abel was killed on his two-year anniversary with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his father and fiancée.