Murder suspect turns himself in at sheriff's office

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Gunshot victim died at hospital

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man sought in the shooting death of another man on Monday, Nov. 19, turned himself in Tuesday at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 


Jeffery Lanard Roseborough, 30, is now jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. 

Warrants were issued late Monday charging Roseborough with the murder of 23-year-old Lancaster resident Gaeric Q. Johnson, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

Roseborough’s last known addresses included 710 Central Ave., in Lancaster, and 5300 Sweatt McCollough Road, in Great Falls, the release said. 

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Lancaster Police Department officers responded to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room just after 1 p.m. Monday after a victim arrived there with what appeared to be a gunshot wound, according to a sheriff’s office media release sent Monday.

The victim, later identified as Johnson, was brought to the ER in a personal vehicle by an acquaintance.  

The release said Johnson was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Authorities believe Johnson was shot at the home on Cedar Pine Lake Road in Lancaster, according to the release. 

“Neighbors reported hearing gunshots from the residence and observing two vehicles leave the area,” the release said. 

Both criminal and crime scene-investigators responded to the home Monday and began a detailed investigation.  

About 2 p.m. Monday, authorities were told to be on the lookout for a champaign-colored Ford Crown Victoria, possibly with three occupants. 

However, Tuesday morning, the sheriff’s office announced everyone involved in the shooting had been identified, though Roseborough’s whereabouts were not known.  

Sheriff Barry Faile said at the time officers were leaving “no stone unturned” in searching for Roseborough.

Investigators eventually learned that Johnson and Roseborough were involved in a relationship with the same woman, which is believed to have led to the shooting, the release said. 

“We are thankful that we were able to get this case solved so quickly.  Our investigators did a great job,”  Faile said. “My condolences go out to the family of Mr. Johnson,” 

Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said Tuesday his office had worked with both the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Law Enforcement Division to find Roseborough.

String of charges 

According to the S.C. Judicial Department website, Roseborough is listed as a defendant in cases involving 17 criminal charges  dating back to 2005 in the 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties.

Eight of the charges against Roseborough are still pending, including four filed in March 2012 during Operation Spring Cleaning, a joint drug initiative between the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug/Gang Task Force. The task force is made up of both county and city officers. 

During the operation, 79 people were charged with 145 offenses, which included 137 felony charges. Roseborough was charged with distribution of crack (three counts) and distribution of crack within proximity of a school or park. 

The four other pending charges include:

– Distribution of drugs within proximity of a school or park; drug trafficking; and failure to stop for blue light (October 2009)

– Possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana (August 2010)

High murder tally

Johnson’s death marks the 12th murder in Lancaster County this year. Here are the others:

– Jenika Jones, 23, shot and killed in her home off Rose Anna Lane, Jan. 19

– Danny Clyburn Jr., a former Major League Baseball player, shot to death outside a North Market Street home, Feb. 7

– Cynthia Barnes, 47, found dead in a home in the 700 block of East Dunlap Street, Feb. 9

– Linda Massey Gaymon, 54, found strangled to death in a vacant house in the 900 block of Starnes Street, Feb. 24

– Jonathan Duvall Reid, 25, and Azor Lee Cloud, 30, both found shot outside “The Café” nightclub on Old Landsford Road, March 23

– Verdie Mackey, 87, found stabbed to death inside her home in the 900 block of Grace Avenue, April 15

– Stephen Lamont Westbrook, 39, of Rock Hill and Mardrickus Javon Belk, 25, of 896 Mark Lane, Lancaster, shot each other May 9 in a shootout at a home in the 2300 block of Old Blackmon Road

– Donald Eustace Morris, 53, was found dead in his South York Street home on June 18, five days after he was hurt during a home invasion 

– Timothy Alan Wissinger, 42, was found shot to death inside a truck just off Lamplight Road in Lancaster on July 25 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416


 Editor’s note: The Lancaster News' reporter Jesef Williams contributed to this story.