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Homicide Investigation


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are seeking help from citizens in identifying persons who have information concerning the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old Columbia man on the morning of Sunday, February 2 while the man tried to mediate a dispute that involved several additional persons outside a bar on Berryhill Road in the St. Andrews community.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives understand that a number of persons left the Cockpit Bar & Grill at 214 Berryhill Road out of concern for their own safety following the fatal shooting of Brandon E. Ratliff, 31, of 233 Brook Pines Drive, Columbia.

Metts asked anyone with information about the fatal shooting of Ratliff to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

The circumstances of the fatal shooting of Ratliff remain under investigation, Metts said. Detectives also are continuing to investigate the nature of the dispute that Ratliff was trying to mediate when Ratliff was shot once in his upper torso with a firearm. In addition, detectives are continuing their efforts to identify the person who fatally shot Ratliff.

After he was fatally shot, Ratliff was transported in a privately owned motor vehicle to Lexington Medical Center, where Ratliff was pronounced dead, Metts said.



 


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