Deputy Austin Aldridge Killed in Shooting in Spartanburg South Carolina
Deputy Austin Aldridge of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was killed in a shooting early Tuesday evening. According to a press release from the office, the deputies were responding to a call about a shooting at a house on South Church Street, near Twerkerz Southside Bar & Grill. The call came in around 7:45 p.m., and the deputies arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later. They found five people dead inside the home. They have yet to identify the second shooter.
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office is attempting to determine the identity of the missing man, but hasn’t been able to confirm the identity of the other two. It’s believed the two men were involved in an argument before the shooting took place.
The Sheriff’s office hasn’t released details on how many shots were fired or the identity of the two men who were involved in the incident. They said it’s too early to say whether or not there are more charges in store. The sheriff’s office will not release any further information until the coroner determines the identities of the victims. The office has released the name of the teen who was injured in the parking lot, but has not disclosed if he was shot in the leg.
The Spartanburg County Coroner’s office has not announced the identities of the two other occupants of the home where the shooting took place, but they have announced that the incident was the largest in the history of the county. The Sheriff’s Office has also said that they have arrested three individuals in connection with the incident, and that they have charged all three with attempted murder. The county’s chief investigator has also said that he believes there are more people in the area with a connection to the crime.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has released a few new details about the shooting of Deputy Austin Aldridge. According to Sheriff Chuck Wright, Duane Heard was accused of assaulting a woman at the house. Heard was later arrested in the woods for the shooting. He was also accused of pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery. A red Toyota sedan was also found in the woods, but was not involved in the exchange of gunfire.
The Deputy’s ‘Memorial’ is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., a candlelight memorial will be held outside the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office. Several local agencies stopped by to pay their respects to the fallen deputy. Flags at North Greenville University were lowered to half-staff in his memory.
The ‘Memorial’ is a small way to pay tribute to Deputy Aldridge, who served with the sheriff’s office for three years. His family also attended North Greenville University. His wife attended the same college. Governor Henry McMaster opened the press conference with a statement on Aldridge. The press conference was followed by a candlelight memorial at the sheriff’s office. The Deputy’s ‘Memorial’ will help dozens of people in the Spartanburg County community.