BAD: Deputy killed responding to alarm call
Colleton County sheriff's deputy shot, killed
Posted: Aug 6, 2008 08:42 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 6, 2008 04:22 PM EDT
From Colleton County: Deputy sheriff Dennis Compton.
COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Colleton County Sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty early Thursday morning and his killer is still on the run.
Police and sheriff deputies have set up check points around Colleton County, and they will remain in effect indefinitely.
SLED is assisting in the investigation, and has been on the scene all morning with their K-9 unit and fugitive search team.
Nearly 75 officers and deputies from various agencies and departments, are also helping with the initial investigation, including the Charleston Co. and Dorchester Co. Sheriff's Offices.
Deputy sheriff Dennis Compton was gunned down while responding to a call at 699 Sunflower Drive in Smoak, South Carolina.
The Colleton Co. Sheriff's Office received a call around 3am Thursday from an alarm company that an alarm had gone off at aforementioned residence.
No one was home at the time, but the homeowner's son also received a call from the alarm company, and came out to the scene.
He called the sheriff's office and told them Compton had been shot.
According to Colleton County Sheriff George Malone, this is a rare occurrence because the last deputy killed in the line of duty was in the mid-1970s.
Local report says the BG had a 12ga and the deputy got 5 rounds off.