By Noah Feit
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A highway rage incident Sunday was a struggle that spilled inside a Walmart in Columbia and concerned a gun, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department mentioned.
Jefferson Holliday, 26, was arrested on a number of expenses after he was disarmed by an off-duty Forest Acres police officer who broke up the struggle, the sheriff’s division mentioned in a information launch.
The unknown man who was initially combating with Holliday escaped from the Walmart Supercenter on Killian Highway whereas Officer Treyvon Warren took the gun away and detained Holliday, in response to the discharge. A search is underway for the person.
The incident started within the Walmart car parking zone, the place Holliday and the unknown man had gotten into an argument that continued inside the shop, the sheriff’s division mentioned. Details about why the lads had been arguing was not accessible.
Inside the shop, the argument turned bodily when the unknown man started hitting Holliday within the again, in response to the discharge.
Free of the attack, Holliday drew a gun and pointed it at each Warren and the unknown man as he walked towards them, in response to the sheriff’s division.
Warren then stood up, releasing the unknown man on the bottom, and received in between the 2 males, the place he struggled with Holliday earlier than taking the gun away from him, the sheriff’s division mentioned.
At the moment, a second off-duty officer with the South Carolina Bureau of Protecting Companies helped Warren unload the weapon and maintain Holliday till Richland County deputies arrived on the Walmart, in response to Forest Acres police.
The unknown man, who deputies known as the unique aggressor, used this chance to flee, the sheriff’s division mentioned.
“I used to be there with my household when the scenario turned violent. Together with my very own instincts to guard my household and our group — I used to be capable of depend on my coaching and deescalate the scenario,” Warren mentioned in an announcement launched by Forest Acres police. “Name it proper place, proper time or divine intervention — I’m simply grateful this ended with none photographs fired and all harmless bystanders had been unhurt. No highway rage incident, regardless of how dangerous, is ever price a life.”
Richland County deputies mentioned they initially responded to a number of calls about an lively shooter on the Walmart. As soon as on the scene, deputies realized there was not an lively shooter, and confirmed that no photographs had been fired through the incident, in response to the sheriff’s division.
The deputies reviewed video footage of the incident and spoke to the 2 off-duty officers.
No severe accidents had been suffered by both the combatants or the officers concerned, the sheriff’s division mentioned. No different accidents had been reported.
“We’re so proud to have (Warren) as a (Forest Acres Police Division) officer. This was very heroic,” Forest Acres Police Chief Don Robinson mentioned. “Prepared to serve and shield, regardless of the place it occurs. A real life saver.”
The Walmart was closed for a short while however reopened and was by no means evacuated, in response to the sheriff’s division.
Holliday was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm, illegal carry of a firearm and aggravated breach of peace, the sheriff’s division mentioned.
The seek for the unknown man is ongoing as deputies proceed to research the incident.
Anybody with info on the incident at Walmart is requested to name CrimeStoppers at 888-crime-SC or submit an internet tip.
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