A person was found dead on Fair Street after reports of shots being fired just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.
Officers responded to the scene after an S.C. Highway Patrol trooper reported hearing shots fired in the area of Fair and Amelia streets.
As an officer drove down Fair Street, he saw an object in the roadway.
The object turned out to be a body, according to the report, which does not state whether the man had been shot.
Officers found a Glock handgun by the person’s body, near the right hand.
Capt. Alfred Alexander, public information officer at ODPS, said the deceased person hasn’t been identified and the investigation is ongoing.
The incident report states that officers spoke with a man at the scene who allegedly said, “I was trying to protect my mama” before officers took him to the back seat of a patrol car for questioning.
Officers have not charged the man in the incident.
The man also told officers he didn’t want to speak until his lawyer was present, the report states.
The man’s mother allegedly told officers that she came to the location after someone told her that her son had a gun, the report states.
The mother told police that when she arrived, her son had a gun, came out to her car and got in it, the report states.
She told officers that while she was talking to her son about the gun, they “saw a person walking up and down the street several times,” the report states.
She told officers that she then “must have passed out” because she woke up with ringing in her ears, the report states.
Several portions of the incident report were redacted by ODPS.
The case remains under investigation.
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