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Arrest Warrants Obtained for Man Wanted in Fatal Shooting


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are searching for a 20-year-old Columbia man who is wanted on arrest warrants in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on February 2 in the parking lot of a bar on Berryhill Road in the St. Andrews community.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives are searching for Gregory Lamont Brooks, 20, of 727 Farrowood Drive, Columbia, on arrest warrants on charges of murder, unlawful possession of a handgun by a person who was convicted of a violent crime that is a felony and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Brooks is 5-foot-7 and weighs 130 pounds, Metts said. Brooks has black hair and brown eyes. Detectives received information that Brooks has kept his head shaved clean of hair since the fatal shooting in order to alter his physical appearance. Brooks formerly had the hair on his head braided into dreadlocks.

Metts asked anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Brooks 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).

Arrest warrants, which detectives obtained on Monday, April 21, allege that at about 5:50 a.m. on February 2 Brooks acted with malice aforethought when he fatally shot Brandon E. Ratliff, 31, of 233 Brook Pines Drive, Columbia, with a handgun during a verbal dispute in the parking lot of the Cockpit Bar & Grill at 214 Berryhill Road, Metts said.

Arrest warrants further allege that multiple witnesses identified Brooks as the person who fatally shot Ratliff, Metts said. Brooks provided detectives with false information concerning his whereabouts at the time of the fatal shooting.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that Brooks was convicted of a violent crime that is a felony and violated South Carolina law by unlawfully possessing the handgun that Brooks used when he fatally shot Ratliff, Metts said.

Brooks fatally shot Ratliff while Ratliff tried to mediate a dispute that involved Brooks and several additional persons outside the Berryhill Road bar, Metts said. The circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation. 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.

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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