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KERSHAW – A joint law enforcement operation involving local agencies and the U.S. Marshals helped track down and arrest a Kershaw man Aug. 1 who was wanted for a shooting in Pageland last month.
Derrick Thomas Brown, 28, 206 Three C’s Road, was arrested on several outstanding warrants stemming from a July 21 incident, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Brown is charged with several counts of assault and battery and possession of a firearm in commission of a violent crime, according to the warrants.
The warrants name Brown as the alleged shooter who fired into a crowd of people and injured three at The Clyburn Center in Pageland.
Six people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and hindering an investigation that night, but Brown got away, according to a Pageland Police Department incident report. Police interviews with the victims and witnesses led them to Brown.
Brown was found after a joint search by Lancaster County deputies and investigators, Pageland police officers and U.S. Marshals.
The task force began their search at about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 1 in the 600 block of Kershaw Country Club Drive, one of Brown’s former addresses, though they could not find him, the report said.
Authorities also unsuccessfully searched for Brown at his last known home address on Three C’s Road, before returning to Kershaw Country Club Drive and setting up a perimeter.
U.S. Marshals eventually spoke to someone at the apartment and received permission to search it, where they found and arrested Brown, the report said.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies assisted with the arrest because Brown was within their jurisdiction.
“He was wanted in Pageland for a shooting,” Shaw said. “Pageland (police) called the U.S. Marshals and we all wound up down in Kershaw looking for him and found him there.”
Brown was later jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.
Pageland Police Department Chief Larry Brown credited the investigation to a collective effort between law enforcement agencies.
“We were able to gather enough evidence to obtain warrants on Brown. It was a good investigation and my men and the other agencies all did an outstanding job. I’d like to thank everybody involved. We hope the victims have a swift recovery,” Brown said.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshal’s office in Columbia said Tuesday, Aug. 6, the agency got involved after a request from the Pageland Police Department. She said her office responded to the request by assigning members from Operation Intercept, a U.S. Marshals fugitive apprehension task force.
In 2011, that task force helped track down and arrest 2,500 South Carolinas fugitives, according to the U.S. Marshals website.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416
Editor’s note: Gary Phillips, editor of the (Pageland) Progressive Journal, contributed to this story.