News 12 First at Five / Friday, Sept. 1, 2012
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. -- The man accused of trying to run over an Aiken County deputy Wednesday has been captured. Investigators say they found him at a Quality Inn in Augusta with his girlfriend.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office released this statement Saturday morning:
"The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office along with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force apprehended Eddie James Brockington Friday night in Richmond County. He is being held at the Richmond County Detention Center pending extradition back to Aiken County, S.C."
Brockington had been on the run since Wednesday morning after he wouldn't stop for deputies working a school speed zone.
It happened near Belvedere Elementary School, prompting officials to lock down campus.
Cpt. Troy Elwell with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office says, "That was the reason for the stop -- just speeding, which turned into what we have."
The car didn't stop, leading deputies on a chase. When the driver, 22-year-old Eddy James Brockington finally pulled over, the deputy got out of the car.
That's when investigators say Brockington tried to run him over and then sped away.
The deputy fired shots at the car, then chased it to a dead end street.
Brian Bragg lives close to the scene.
"I walk outside, coming back up from the mailbox, and they stop me with the bloodhounds and stuff, making sure I'm not him. I guess because I had my shirt off," he said.
Belvedere Elementary was locked down for a couple of hours as a precaution while deputies cleared the area.
"We do what we call a soft lockdown. What that means is that the children can move within the building but that we lock every door down," said Principal Alison Churm.
The kids had no idea what was going on just outside their doors.
"We just try to keep it as normal as possible inside the building; there's no need to upset the children, there's no need for the children to have fear about this kind of thing," she said.
Officials say the lockdown was necessary because they thought Brockington is armed.
The passenger in the car was taken into custody on the morning of the incident.
Brockington will be charged with attempted murder, failure to stop for blue lights, unlawful possession of a pistol, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school.
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. -- The lockdown at Belvedere Elementary school has been lifted. Officers are still searching for 22-year-old Eddy James Brockington, but they believe he is out of the area.
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office started looking for a man they believed to be armed near Belvedere Elementary school on Wednesday morning. The school was put on lockdown for about two hours during the search.
Cpt. Troy Elwell told News 12 officers were working a school speed zone around 7:18 a.m. when a deputy tried to pull over a car for speeding. The car didn't stop, and a chase ensued. When the car finally stopped, the deputy got out of his vehicle. That's when investigators say the suspect tried to run over the deputy. The deputy fired shots at the car. Deputies said another chase ensued.
When the car came to a dead end, both passengers tried to run away. The driver got away on foot.
Deputies have the passenger of the car in custody, but they are still looking for the driver near the elementary school.
According to investigators, the suspect, Eddy James Brockington, is a white male wearing a black shirt and black shorts. Deputies say the suspect has a lengthy criminal history.
Elwell said the school would remain on lockdown until they have the suspect in custody or deputies are positive he is no longer in the area.
During a lockdown, parents and students are not allowed to go in or out of the school.