Man wounded by deputy is jailed on 3 charges
By Bobby Bryant
At least one of the two people wounded by a Darlington County sheriff’s deputy Sept. 24 has been booked into the county jail, officials said.
Thomas Neal Lewis, no hometown listed, was being held at the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center on charges of criminal domestic violence in the third degree, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a statement released by the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.
The DCSO’s statement described Lewis as a “suspect” who was “involved with the officer-involved shooting” in the Trexler Street area off North Main Street just outside Darlington, though it did not explicitly say he was shot.
But according to accounts from the State Law Enforcement Division, apparently only two people were involved and both were wounded. The other person’s condition and gender were not known.
SLED is investigating the case, which is typical with officer-involved shootings. A SLED statement described the wounded people as “a male suspect” and “a second person.”
SLED said the incident began when deputies were trying to serve an arrest warrant. A confrontation resulted, two people were shot and two vehicles were somehow wrecked. A deputy was injured in the crash, which the Sheriff’s Office said took place when the suspect tried to flee.
Jail records show the criminal domestic violence charge against Lewis dates from a Sept. 16 incident, while the other charges originated Sept. 24. Lewis’ bonds on all the charges total $105,000, jail records show.