Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
AIKEN CITY, S.C. -- News 12 has learned 33-year-old Master Public Safety Officer Scott Richardson has died after a Tuesday night shooting involving himself, another officer and a gunman.
This all started just before 9 p.m. Tuesday on Brandt Court off Camellia Street. Brandt Court is formerly known as Pace's Run Apartments. That's when Officer Richardson and 28-year-old Officer Travis Griffin attempted to make a traffic stop of a suspicious car. Dispatch alerted officers to keep an eye out for a dark Impala regarding an incident earlier in the night. An officer attempted to stop the car involved, and we're told that's when the gunman opened fire, shooting the two officers. Officer Richardson was airlifted to GHSU and was listed in critical condition until he died early this morning.
Officer Griffin was also shot in the chest. We're told his bullet proof vest saved his life. He was treated at a local hospital and released late Tuesday evening.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety was on the scene of the deadly shooting with the canine team, but the investigation has been turned over to SLED. Aiken County deputies are there, as well as North Augusta Public Safety, South Carolina Highway Patrol and ATF.
Agents are trying to secure evidence. We're told Investigators have arrested everyone they believe is involved in the shooting. The suspected gunman was shot and taken into custody. He's recovering in a local hospital. Lt. David Turno says there were others inside the vehicle. They have also been taken into custody and questioned. The suspect's identity has not been released, nor the identities of any other potential suspects.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety has released this statement following Master PSO Richardson's death:
"Master PSO Richardson was a beloved husband and proud father. His constant smile was a pleasant sight at this office and to all those who knew him."
Officer Richardson leaves behind his wife and three young children. He was a graduate of South Aiken High School and a University of South Carolina-Aiken graduate.