UPDATE: Identities of 4 Wagener homicide victims released

By: Ned Dannenberg Email
By: Ned Dannenberg Email

July 3, 2011

WAGENER, S.C. -- An Aiken County man shot and killed his wife, two relatives and his ex-girlfriend before taking his own life this weekend, authorities said Sunday.

Kenneth Myers, 47, was wanted after deputies found three people killed at a home on Daytona Road around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton identified the victims as 25-year-old Angela M. Myers, her twin sister Tabitha T. Brown and their mother, 50-year-old Vicki May Hook Brown. All three died from single gunshot wounds, the coroner said.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to a well-being check at 630 Big Branch Road where they found a fourth person they believe was killed by Myers.

That victim has been identified as 47-year-old Esther Baldwin, an ex-girlfriend of Myers. She died from a single gunshot wound similar to the others, Carlton said.

Investigators say Myers was planning to harm several people in the community, and deputies worked to check on their safety.

Later Sunday morning, Myers was spotted driving a pickup truck that belonged to Baldwin. Deputies pursued him through Wagener around 3 a.m.

Meyers tried to hit deputies with the car and members of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and Wagener Police Department opened fire, Capt. Charles Barranco of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Myers was chased back to the original crime scene on Daytona Road outside of town where he apparently took his own life.

Myers lived on Old 96 Indian Trail Road, which intersects Daytona Road and is not far from Big Branch Road.

SLED will now investigate the officer-involved shooting during the chase and the suicide that ended it.

The death of all four women have been ruled as homicides and Myers' death is a suicide, Carlton said. The investigation into the five deaths is still ongoing.

The SWAT team, bloodhounds and a SLED helicopter were called to help in the initial search.

"We have approximately 50 police officers on site," Barranco said Saturday night. "The residence is sort of secluded so they are canvassing the neighborhood as we speak."

Deputies said Myers was considered armed and dangerous and thought he could have been heading toward Alabama.

The initial search was focused on Daytona Road near Highway 39 to the northwest of Wagener.

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