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S.C. Deputy Fatally Shot Searching Home

July 14, 2011  | 

A Laurens County (S.C.) Sheriff's deputy was fatally shot Wednesday night by a man who had allegedly killed his girlfriend earlier in the evening.

Dep. Roger Rice, who had completed police training in January, died as a result of gunfire sustained during a shootout with Bennie Ray Brown Jr., who had been released from jail two weeks ago and has a 20-year arrest record in the state. Brown's past three convictions were for criminal domestic violence charges.

Dep. Rice was killed while searching for Brown at a home at 545 Barrel Stave Road around 11:55 p.m. Wednesday. Officers responded to the home after finding Brown's girlfriend, Nichole Kingsborough, shot to death in her car at her workplace, the Fehrer Automotive plant.

Dep. Rice was married with two young children. On Wednesday, he was filling in on the late-night shift for another deputy.

Source: WSPA, Fox Carolina

Comments (8)

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Bryan @ 7/14/2011 6:31 PM

Rest in Peace my brother!!

Morning Eagle @ 7/14/2011 8:47 PM

Another Officer shot down by a POS that, from the looks of his record, should have not been released on PR in the first place. May the judge that PR'd him without checking his record first feel real good about himself, especially as he was required by law to do that. Doesn't matter if it was a new law, he is supposed to know. Now we can only hope the wheels of "justice" will eventually get around to giving Bennie Ray Brown, Jr. the reward he has so richly earned.

My old cold heart goes out to the widow and children of Deputy Rice.

Tom Ret LPD @ 7/14/2011 9:43 PM

As screwed up as our society is becoming there will no doubt be someone who will sing the praises of this killer or make excuses for him. I can hear it now that he was abused as a child or some other BS. This double murderer should not be given a chance to kill again. I will pull the switch if they need a volunteer.

Tim @ 7/15/2011 5:15 AM

My prayers are for the family of our fallen brother. As for the shooter, he has nothing to give society that comes close to what he has taken. I hope the book is closed on his case very soon.

Kyle @ 7/15/2011 5:28 AM

RIP. This is growing in biblical porportions. May Dep Rice's family find peace in these circumstances. <><

FireCop @ 7/15/2011 5:59 AM

Our smart legislators here in South Carolina last year went through the criminal laws and reduced or eliminated most if not all penalties for major crimes. For example, you can now burn a dwelling down, get convicted of arson 3rd, and get PTI. They were concerned about the rising costs of incarcerating so many people so they wanted us to make sure we kept these law breakers on the street. Well, congratulations and thank you to the Statehouse. This is exactly what we told you would happen as a result of your changes.

Asst. Chief Bobby William @ 7/15/2011 7:55 AM

My heart and prays goes out to the Rice family.

donb @ 7/15/2011 4:46 PM

May Officer Rice rest in peace, another hero has fallen. May God Bless him and his family. Its too bad this scumbag brown wasn't killed at the scene. I hope this scumbag brown dies a miserable death and burns in hell! PS the same goes for the scumbag who released this adam henry!!!!!!!!!

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