WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) Two people have been arrested and charged in the slaying of a sheriff's deputy who was gunned down while responding to an early morning burglary last month, authorities said Monday.
Jacoby Jermaine Fields, 18, of Walterboro, and Travis Javon Harris, 19, of Smoaks, were charged with murder and first-degree burglary in the death of Colleton County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis Compton.
"We do believe we have the two individuals responsible," State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd told reporters.
Compton, 39, was shot after responding to a burglary alarm early on the morning of Aug. 6 at a home near the rural community of Smoaks. Arrest warrants said he was shot in the stomach with a shotgun. The arrests were based on self-incriminating statements and other evidence, according to arrest warrants.