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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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10/31/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Eight Deputies  
10/24/2014 - Criminal Domestic Violence Video  
10/21/2014 - Deputies Arrest Man for Sexually Assaulting Two Females  
10/18/2014 - Detectives Arrest Woman for Threatening to Use Destructive Device  
10/06/2014 - White Knoll Business Coalition Open House  
09/29/2014 - Man Arrested for Robbing Two Convenience Stores and Trying to Rob One Discount Store  
09/25/2014 - Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting  
09/23/2014 - Man Charged with Burglary  
09/22/2014 - Shooting Incident  
09/22/2014 - Investigators Seek Citizens' Help in Investigating 2009 Murder  
09/17/2014 - Road Closures  
09/17/2014 - Detectives Arrest Man for Trying to Steal Two Motor Vehicles  
09/16/2014 - Sheriff's Department Donates More than $3,000 to Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter  
09/11/2014 - Man Returned to Lexington County on Murder Charges  
09/09/2014 - Missing Person Investigation  
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